Remember, Remember the 5th November, Bonfire Treason and Plot! Yes – it’s that time of year again when we commemorate the foiling of the gunpowder plot to blow up Parliament in 1605.
Tonight is bonfire night and while we all enjoy seeing the fireworks, each year there are approximately 1000 injuries caused by careless handling of fireworks and bonfires. In the excitement that surrounds bonfire parties some basic rules are sometimes forgotten.
Did you know sparkler temperatures can reach up to 2000 C? That’s a lot hotter than the boiling point of water.
Rockets travel to a speed of 150 miles/hour- not easy to leap out of the way from those.
The best way to see fireworks is to go to an organised display, but if you are planning on having a few fireworks at home, these simple rules may help.
Please take care and follow the firework code (RoSPA):
Following these simple rules should mean that bonfire night is an enjoyable affair.
Wrap up warmly and have fun everyone!
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)have Safer Fireworks website with lots of useful information about firework safety
The UK Government also has a useful firework safety website, covering firework safety and the law.
Are you ready for Christmas yet? Now that the Christmas tree is up and lights are twinkling I’m beginning to feel more festive and the childrens’ excitement levels are rising daily.
Christmas is obviously a time when families get together to play, eat, drink and generally be merry. Unfortunately it is also a time when bizarre accidents are more likely to happen, (perhaps fuelled by alcohol or just by having too many people in a crowded space).
Each accident and emergency department across the land will, no doubt, have their fair share of people coming through the departments with injuries caused by cooking the Christmas dinner ranging from oven burns to more serious cuts.
Various websites, hospitals and others have listed a range of accidents from Christmas past. Some are more daft than others. Here’s a range of them…
With all these hazards in mind, while you are out getting new batteries for the kids toys, why not pick up a few extra supplies of plasters and hangover cures. Take a quick peek at your first aid book, just to remind yourself of common treatments for those unfortunate accidents that may just happen.
Above all, I wish you a safe and very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous and Happy New Year!
We all have sheds and garages that are crammed full of stuff and bits of things we might need in the future. Over the winter more stuff just gets piled in and perhaps now it’s time to tidy it up.
But before you embark on your gardening/shed clearing this weekend, bear in mind that 1 in 5 of all accidents happen in the garden.
Each year, many people arrive at A&E departments with injuries ranging from the minor sprains, cuts and blisters to the more severe bleed, broken bones and amputations, caused by accidents in and around the home and garden.
Taking some time to check your equipment and safe storage of things such as weedkillers, adhesives and solvents could prevent nasty things happening. Most of these are common sense and really don’t take much time out of our busy days to deal with. Lets face it, a few minutes spent checking and maintaining equipment and clearing out the shed/garage may save time in A& E later.
Helpfully, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) have produced a checklist to help householders think about safety issues in the home and garden:
Ladders should be checked before using them to ensure they are in good repair and that they are placed at a safe angle (1in 4). It is almost incredible to think that people would climb up a ladder where the rungs were worn, but they do!
Always follow manufacturer’s instructions when using weed killers, and never transfer chemicals to alternative containers that could confuse and lead to poisoning.
Maintain sharp tools and remember to put them away tidily after to use to prevent injury, particularly to children.
Keep paths and steps level, stable and clear of any moss that might cause slips trips and falls.
Provide safety rails and barriers to changes in garden levels.
Site bonfires well away from fences, sheds and trees, and keep children away from them too.
Adhering to theses simple rules makes gardening safer for everyone concerned, so that you can enjoy your time in the garden and make the most of any fine weather.
As the February half term holiday approaches, many of you will be setting off on skiing or snowboarding holidays.
But how much thought have you given to your safety on the slopes? Do you routinely use helmets to protect yourself in the same way as you use a seatbelt to prevent injuries in cars? Collisions on the slopes with other skiers and trees are the most common causes of head injury yet not many are yet wearing protective headgear.
There have been some fatalities on ski slopes caused by collisions, most notably the actress Natasha Richardson who died in Canada in 2009 having sustained head injuries during a fall on the beginners’ slopes. A mother of four also died in Austria following a collision with another person. Neither were wearing helmets.
A study reported today in the news has concluded that helmets should be more readily available to skiers and snow boarders to prevent traumatic head injuries and deaths on ski slopes. This is based on evidence that head injuries in adults are reduced by 35% and by up to 59% in children by wearing helmets.
The suggestion is that helmets should be more readily available, perhaps on loan or as part of holiday packages, to encourage those currently put off by the high prices of helmets, to use them. It is now mandatory for children under 16 to wear them in Austria but other countries have yet to make them compulsory.
Some instructors and skiers still think they are unnecessary and that wearing them gives false confidence, encouraging risky behaviour on the slopes. Hopefully this latest evidence will encourage more people to wear them and thus prevent more injuries.