Category: First aid

Five things you should know about drowning

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swimmers in open water

From toddlers to grandparents, lots of us love to jump in the water for a spot of swimming. And at some point in our lives, we may have learnt something about how to help someone who’s drowning. But do you remember it?

While there are lots of beautiful, open water swimming locations where you can go for a dip safely, drowning still accounts for more accidental deaths in the UK than road cycling accidents.

So what’s going on? Here are five things you should know about drowning.

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Learn and share: learning first aid your way

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Red Cross trainers and the pledge board

At the beginning of this year, we set you a challenge: make 2017 a life-saving year by taking part in learn and share.

We asked you to learn one simple first aid skill and share it with others.

From watching first aid videos on our website to taking a first aid course, hundreds of you have responded. Here’s how.

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First aid tips for trampoline fun

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Indoor trampoline parks have popped up across the UK to feed kids’ love of bouncing. Some of us have also bought trampolines for our gardens.

While they provide hours of fun and a good dose of exercise, from time to time accidents may happen.

Staff at indoor trampoline parks are usually trained in first aid. But one study found that trampolining injuries were the biggest cause of exercise-related injuries in the home.*

So get clued up with our top first aid tips for some common bounce-related injuries.

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Gardening pro: first aid tips for those with green fingers

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Female gardener with her potted plantsWhether your pride and joy is a hydrangea plant or rose tree, if you have green fingers you’ll be welcoming the better weather in your much-loved garden.

The nature of gardening tools and prickly plants means sometimes people accidentally get hurt. But learning a little first aid doesn’t hurt at all.

Here are our top first aid tips for gardeners.

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Why runners should learn first aid

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Red Cross staff and volunteers pose for a photo. They provide first aid during the Asics Greater Manchester Marathon

If you’re taking part in a sporting event this year, you might meet someone like Andy Owen. He’s an event first aid volunteer for the British Red Cross.

Every year, Red Cross staff and volunteers like Andy help out at lots of different events, including sporting ones. So, they know a thing or two about sports injuries.

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‘What happened to me makes me grateful for my family this Mother’s Day’

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Claire Burke and holds almost one-year-old Tori up for the camera

It’s almost a year since Claire Burke went into labour while in traffic during the Asics Greater Manchester Marathon. She feared she’d give birth in the car – until a Red Cross ambulance appeared.

As Mother’s Day approaches, she reflects on that day and how the actions of two Red Cross volunteers mean that this year, she and her family can celebrate it together.   

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