Belgians are overwhelmingly in favour of making first-aid training compulsory, according to a poll conducted by the Red Cross of Belgium on the occasion of World First Aid Day. No fewer than 94% of respondents generally support such an initiative while 99% would like to see first aid become a compulsory subject in schools.
The poll’s results also show that 96% of the 7,079 persons polled feel that their employers should provide this type of training. Three-quarters were in favour of making first-aid knowledge a pre-requisite for obtaining a driver’s license.
The poll further revealed that people tended to overestimate their knowledge of first aid. Faced with six emergency situations, such as a heart attack, haemorrhage or a deep wound, two-thirds said they could provide aid in all the cases mentioned. However, just about 300 gave an appropriate response in each case.