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Tis the season where all the usual routines go out the window.  Whether you’re packing the family up for long road trip to visit all the reletives, attending Christmas parties or just having loads of friends overfor a party, things can sometimes unfortunately go awry.

Here are some  tips to help ensure,  no matter where you are going or what you are doing, that your Christmas holidays will be safe:

 Allocate a ‘responsible’ adult: This isthe most fool-proof way for preventing incidents, having someone constantly supervising.  Whether it’s a group of you out with friends, being the designated driver for a work Christmas party or supervising all the kids.  Having one person solely allocated to keeping a watch on things, will make an enormous impact when it comes to preventing possible accidents. If possible, just rotate responsibility sothere’s not one person missing out on all the fun!

Why do this you ask? Well each Christmas Season according to the HSE and NHS the following happens:

80,000 people have minor cuts, bruises and fall. 350 people are hurt putting up Christmas lights. 700,000 are hurt during the pre and post Christmas sales shopping. 1:5 people seriously cut themselves whilst preparing the veg on Christmas Day. 600,000 burn themselves roasting chestnuts; 1000 have been injured by their Christmas tree putting up decorations; 2.6 million have experienced some sort of fall from height decorating the house.  And finally several people always break an arm pulling crackers to enthusiastically!

 Keep your First Aid skills up-to-date: If you attended a first aid course five years ago, your skills will be not be up-to-date or fresh in your head.  By attending one of our regular First Aid and Emergency first aid refresher courses, you will not only be informed on new first aid techniques but have the chance to practice your newly learned skills in a hands-on environment. Encourage work colleagues, family and friends to also up-date their First Aid skills or attend their first First Aid course.  The more people that have the knowledge, the more chances that help will be on hand if needed. It may even be you that needs the help?

For more information on our First Aid courses in your area, contact us via our contacts page or call us on 01845 501070.

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