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Traffic crash simulation
12/10/2009 3:09:10 PM
 Live Crash Simulation to help Prevent Injury Aggravation
Simulation of a Traffic Crash

A YASA Project that explains to the public attending the impact of traffic crashes and highlights how the rescue and first aid is performed and coordinated between the Lebanese Red Cross and the Lebanese Civil Defense.

The Youth Association for Social Awareness (YASA) has initiated a project called Live Traffic Crash simulation since 1998.  In this project it collaborates with the Lebanese Red Cross and the Civil Defense to highlight to participants the dangers and consequences of traffic crashes.  YASA explains to all participants the causes of accidents and the dangers encountered while driving, in addition to what should be done in the event of a crash and the importance of knowing the emergency numbers available in Lebanon.

YASA has been devoting its efforts over the past years to help decrease the burden of traffic crashes on families by increasing the awareness of the public to the dangers of driving through a live traffic crash simulation.   These simulations are done in schools, universities, clubs and municipalities all around Lebanon and involves a simulation on an old car where the Lebanese Red Cross and the Civil Defense teams work together to show the audience how the work is done between the different parties involved in the rescue and first aid process at the scene of a traffic crash.  The simulation starts by general explanations from YASA followed by explanations from the Lebanese Red Cross and the Civil Defense about the equipment used, will show a live rescue scene with a volunteer victim representing several scenarios such as pedestrian casualty and driver/passenger casualty.    



YASA emphasizes on some explanations involved in a crash situation, showing that there are many things that one can do to minimize the risk. The first task in the event of a road crash is to secure the scene before trying to get close to the casualty. It is not sufficient to simply switch on the hazard warning lights, you should also use the warning triangle (red triangle), which every driver is required to have in the car.  It must be placed at an appropriate distance away from the location of the crash (Ahead of a curve or at least 200 meters in the traffic direction). 



 The simulation tries to cover the most common scenarios of a crash and emphasizes the importance of prompt relay of the call to the emergency bodies to handle the crash.  The simulation also emphasizes the importance of not moving the casualty unless there is a life threatening case to minimize the possibility of aggravating the injury.


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