ABOUT 80,000 people will go to hospital after accidents over the Christmas break, according to official statistics.
With this in mind, St John Ambulance in Cheshire has issued advice on how to stay safe and happy during the festive season and prevent a visit to A&E.
The charity advises what to keep in your first aid kit for emergencies and how its new e-mail tips will keep you fighting fit in the New Year.
Its marketing manager Stephanie Littler said: “It sounds obvious but with so much to do at this time of year many people forget that keeping a first aid kit stocked up is simple to do and could help prevent a Christmas catastrophe.”
According to St John Ambulance, a good first aid kit should be easy to identify in the home and contain:
Disposable gloves (for hygiene)
Cleansing antiseptic wipes (for cleaning minor wounds)
20 assorted plasters (for small cuts once clean)
Medium, large and extra-large sterile dressings (for putting pressure on larger wounds)
Sterile eye pad (for eye injuries)
Triangular bandages (for securing dressings or keeping limbs supported)
Safety pins (for affixing bandages).
St John Ambulance will also be sending out first aid tips by e-mail as part of its new Save a Life campaign.
The e-mails are going out now and throughout 2008 to educate more people on first aid and help the charity move closer to its vision that no one suffers for a lack of trained first aiders.
The first e-mail deals with how to cope if a child gets badly burnt over Christmas and shows how you can use common household items, such as cling film, to provide fast and efficient first aid.
“We want to help people grow in confidence with their first aid skills,’ said Stephanie Littler.
To sign up to the e-mails visit www.sja.org.uk
For further information about St John Ambulance’s training courses and charitable services in Cheshire, call 01244 383407 or email: email@example.com