Make Your Amazon Echo Work for You, ‘Alexa, Open First Aid’ Skill Launched in the UK

Amazon Echo Alexa Skill First Aid British Red Cross Society

That accidents happen around the home is nothing new. And when you have kids around the house, it is imperative that you have some sort of first aid kit to address the many scrapes, bruises, bumps and ‘owies’ at home. Amazon Echo now has a new first aid skill developed by the British Red Cross. After installing the app and enabling it, simply say: “Alexa, open first aid” and she’ll guide you through whatever information you need about different types of injuries sustained in the home.

Says John Mulligan, the British Red Cross’s head of first aid education:

“Our new skill for Amazon Echo will teach people simple first aid so they feel well prepared to help someone in an emergency.

“We hope that spoken instructions will make it even easier for people to learn these skills.

“This is a very exciting time for us. We’ll be developing this product all the time based on user feedback, and we’re looking forward to seeing this product grow.”

The skill is free, meaning anyone can install it for Amazon Alexa on their Amazon Echo device. This is the first time a UK first aid education provider has developed such a skill for Amazon Alexa.

Once installed, you need to enable the app by saying: “Alexa, enable First Aid by British Red Cross.”

You can ask Alexa about various types of injuries, but you’ll have to ask it in a particular way.

For example, “Alexa, open first aid,” and then, “Alexa, ask first aid how to treat a deep cut,” and she’ll tell you what you need to do.

The skill contains help for most types of injuries typically sustained around the home, including broken bones, burns, seizures, heavy bleeding, asthma attacks and more.

There are other Alexa Skills for first aid, CPR and other emergency situations, but the first aid skill from the British Red Cross is the first authoritative Alexa Skill on first aid for Alexa-enabled Amazon Echo devices that covers a wide range of injuries and conditions.

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Source: British Red Cross