Nightmare Before Christmas: No First Aid Training

Nightmare Before Christmas: No First Aid Training

Sarah McLoughlin
Posted by Sarah McLoughlin

Date: Thursday, 14 December 2017. -  
Blog, First Aid, First Aid Emergencies

Christmas is upon us once again and with all of the excitement and festivities that this time of year brings, it is easy to forget about health and safety.

This is when accidents can occur, so it is important to take extra care, both in and out of work.

We explore what you need to be mindful of during the Christmas period to make sure everything runs smoothly, and you stay safe.

Let it snow

Snow may be aesthetically pleasing and we may be wishing for a white Christmas however, it can become a hazard when it comes to travelling. Chances are, your plans around the Christmas period will not involve an excessive amount of travel, although for some it just might, so it is important to take extra care when travelling in adverse weather conditions.

Ice and snow can lead to injuries, so it is important to wear sensible footwear when it comes to venturing out and walking, however, short the distance may be. You should also take your time when driving and be cautious as roads may be slippery. Setting off early, keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you and breaking at a safe distance will ensure a safe journey.

All the trimmings

Carving the turkey or chopping raw vegetables with a sharp knife can put you at risk of cutting yourself. If you were to cut yourself, you should take the following steps if it is minor (call 999 if it is severe or if the bleeding cannot be controlled):

  1. Stop the bleeding by applying direct pressure to the area
  2. Clean the area and protect it from infections with warm water and gentle soap
  3. Apply a dressing and take painkillers if necessary

Cuts and grazes are not the only risks that can be associated with cooking a Christmas dinner. It is very easy to burn yourself and if a first-degree burn does occur (a burn affecting the top layer of skin), you should treat it straightaway with the following steps:

  1. Cool the burn, hold the affected area under cool running water or immerse in cool water until the pain subsides
  2. Protect the burn if possible by covering it with a sterile, non-adhesive bandage or a clean cloth
  3. If necessary, treat the pain with painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen

More serious burns will require immediate medical attention and are likely to blister. It is not advised to apply ice to burned skin. It is important to take extra care when cooking by being aware of the heat, ensuring saucepan handles are away from the hob and keeping sharp objects and utensils away from children.

And that’s a wrap!

Finally, to wrap those presents you’ve bought, or haven’t bought yet if you’re a last-minute type of person... If you have left it to the last minute to buy and wrap your gifts, you are more likely to rush which can put you at risk of paper cuts or accidents involving scissors.

Remember to take your time and if you do happen to get a paper cut, rinse it and wrap it with a plaster or bandage. Are you excited and prepared for Christmas? Let us know your plans by tweeting us @imptraining. 

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