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.
Here are some typical injuries – and how to treat them.
Unconscious and breathing
What to do
- If someone passes out, check they are breathing: tilt their head, then look and feel for breaths.
- If they are breathing, move them on to their side and tilt their head back.
- Call 999.
Severe allergic reaction
The person may develop a rash, itchiness or swelling on their hands, feet or face. Their breathing may slow down.
If you observe these symptoms:
- Call 999.
- If you know the person has an allergy, help them to use their auto-injector. Follow the guidance on the packaging.
- Give constant reassurance until help arrives.
Sprain or strain
- Apply an ice pack to the injury (e.g. ice wrapped in a tea towel).
- Get the person to rest.
Keep your friends and family safe with our free apps
Download our free first aid app for Christmas and make sure you know what to do if a friend or relative is hurt.
There’s even a version designed for parents and carers on giving first aid to children and babies.
Both apps are free and teach you how to help in a whole range of first aid scenarios.
- Follow us on Twitter for first aid tips every Friday @BritishRedCross #FridayFirstAid
- If you’re out partying over the next few weeks look out for our first aid volunteers. They will be helping people stay safe and well in towns and cities across the UK, including on New Year’s Eve in Birmingham and at the Edinburgh Hogmanay.