Our little princess, Tamzin, is a very inquisitive soul. One morning when she was just 10 months old, she grabbed a hot cup of tea. What happened next gave me the biggest scare of my life. More
It’s officially ‘Mad Friday’ – the day many festive revellers hit the town. There will be a lot of drinking. There will be a lot of Christmas jumpers. And inevitably there will be some accidents and injuries.
According to the NHS, every year more than 80,000 people need hospital treatment for injuries such as falls, cuts and burns during the festive period.
So whether you’re going out or staying in, read these first aid tips. Who knows – two minutes reading this blog could save you from spending Christmas in A&E. More
When 11-year-old Lewis stepped off the school bus he was immediately hit by a car. Luckily, a cool-headed teenager knew exactly what to do, thanks to a first aid course.
Many people would panic if they saw a child hit by a car. Not Rowan Truelove. The 16-year-old knew exactly what to do.
Thankfully, Rowan had done a two-hour first aid course at his air cadets with St John Ambulance.
“The first aid training I did was very basic but it really helped,” Rowan said.
“The bus had pulled up and Lewis stepped out into the road and a car just came along and that was it. He had a broken leg – there was no doubt about that.” More
Kim Hunter’s two-year-old son Rocco died after a febrile seizure. Now Kim wants to share her experience to make sure all parents and carers learn some first aid.
“Rocco was an incredibly energetic, active boy. He got bored easily. He liked to be outside and helping me to walk the dog.
If you’re heading out to see fireworks, have fun and stay safe with our top tips for treating a burn.
Most firework-related injuries happen at family parties or private events. Around half of those incidents involve children under the age of 17.
Our first aid guru Joe Mulligan says: “Fireworks are safe if carefully handled but we want to make sure people know how to help if someone does get burned.
“Most people don’t realize that sparklers reach temperatures five times hotter than cooking oil.” More
If you are trick-or-treating or entertaining children at home, meet some cheeky little monsters with first aid tips to keep your family safe. More
Every year thousands of children are treated for burns in hospital. It’s an incredibly common injury – especially for under-fives. That’s why all parents and carers need to know how to treat a burn or scald.
If you’ve ever spilt a hot drink over yourself, you’ll know it can make you jump or yelp. Chances are a small spill won’t leave you badly hurt.
When someone has a cardiac arrest, their heart stops completely. They collapse, lose consciousness and stop breathing. It’s really important to act fast. This is what you should do.
HOW TO HELP SOMEONE WHO IS UNCONSCIOUS AND NOT BREATHING
- Check breathing by tilting their head backwards and looking and feeling for breaths.
- Call 999 as soon as possible, or get someone else to do it.
- Push firmly downwards in the middle of the chest and then release.
- Push at a regular rate until help arrives.
Giving chest compressions can keep casualties alive for those precious few minutes before help arrives. You’re pumping a small amount of blood around the body to keep the organs – most importantly the brain – alive. More