Undas (Day of the dead, Día de Muertos) is a one of the major holiday here in the Philippines. Below are some friendly reminder from us. Enjoy, Detox and lets start working again next week!
- Do not leave a burning candle unattended.
- Do not place a candle near curtains or other combustible materials.
- For burns, the first aid management is to relieve the pain by immersing the burned area in cold water or by applying a wet, cold cloth until the part is pain-free both in and out of the water.
- Unplug all electrical appliances before leaving the house.
- Avoid octopus line to minimize overloading of electrical system.
- Never place appliance cords or extension cords under a carpet.
- Do not leave infants or children alone in places where they are in danger of falling or near electrical outlets or gadgets and candles.
- Always position appliances (TV, computer, sound system, heating appliances, etc.) in a spacious area to prevent overheating.
- Unplug appliances by grasping the plug, not by yanking the cord, when not in use.
- Repair faulty functioning appliances.
- Use appliances at specified voltage only.
- Unplug appliances when lightning and thunderstorm strike.
- Before checking for electrical trouble, be sure to switch off the main power.
- Cover all outdoor and indoor electrical outlets if not in use.
- If appliances, such as gas stoves, require lighting with match, always light the match first and hold it at the point of lighting before you turn on the stove.
- Keep kitchen utensils, especially knives, out of children’s reach.
- Lock your house when you leave.
En route to the Cemetery
- Bring an umbrella, face towel, water, food and fan to avoid heat cramps or heat exhaustion.
- If you bring a car, make sure that you check it, the water in radiator, battery, gas, oil, breaks, tool kit, flashlight, food and first aid kit.
- Park your car near a guard or police station to avoid carnapping.
- Dress in light clothing to avoid heat exhaustion, especially among children.
Inside the Cemetery
- It is best to go to the cemetery early in the morning before or after November 1 to avoid huge crowds.
- Avoid drinking liquor.
- Avoid bringing unnecessary sharp objects.
- Avoid bringing children inside the cemetery as they might get lost.
- In case of minor wounds, clean the wounded area with soap and water before applying antiseptics like povidone iodine (not alcohol), and cover the wound with gauze.
- In case of severe bleeding, apply direct pressure over the wound using gauze and bring the patient to the hospital or to a nearby first aid station inside the cemetery.
- In case of contusion, apply ice compress over the area for more than 20 minutes (intermittent).
- In case of fainting, do not give ammonia to the patient. Instead, let him/her lie, with feet raised 8-12 inches above. If the patient is conscious, ventilate him/her, loosen his/her tight clothing and give him beverages.
- In case of chest pain, transport the patient to the hospital.
- In case of cramps, apply cold compress, rest the affected area and elevate, if possible. Have the victim stretch out the affected muscle to counteract the cramp. Massage the cramped muscle firmly but gently. Seek medical help if cramps persist.
Source: Philippine Red Cross