Safety with AE Activities
Think Safety with AE Activities
When working with students or cadets, please be sure to conduct a safety briefing prior to the activity. The information should be specific to the materials and conditions for each activity. Such things as snap knives, adhesives, spray paint, or any material that could cause injury should be discussed and caution should be used. Carelessness and/or playing should be discouraged.
Please have proper emergency plan and first aid measures available and stress the importance of “safety first.” If necessary, post a set of safety rules in the area the activity will be conducted. Examples of safety precautions include (but not exclusive):
* Sharp instruments such as snap knives, scissors, etc. Caution cadets/students to use properly and never to point at another person. Also put numbers on cutting utensils and account for each one before dismissing the group.
* Adhesives (including Super Glue or other fast bond adhesives) can be harmful to eyes, nose and skin. Follow safety precautions and first aid measures on label as well as always use safety goggles or glasses for protection of eyes. Use glue guns as described in the AEX activity books and avoid the use of Super Glue.
* Spray paints should be used in well-ventilated areas or outside and cadets/students should be shown how to use properly.
These are just a few suggestions, but the bottom line is that the adult supervising the activity should be vigilant at all times and know what is going on and try to prepare the cadets/students for any foreseeable problems.
If a problem occurs, please use first aid measures and call on a health care professional as soon after an accident as possible. Each group and each activity are unique and should be treated with care and responsibility.