21 May 2014 - Stay Safe this Bank Holiday – Avoid a Visit from Simon or his Colleagues this Weekend

Simon McCroryWith another Bank Holiday just around the corner, most people are gearing up for a well-earned break but although this is a time for fun and relaxation, North West Ambulance Service would like to remind people to stay safe this weekend.

As with most Bank Holidays, there is likely to be increased traffic on the roads so for those traveling long distances by car, it is important to think ahead and plan your journey, travelling outside of peak times wherever possible.

Simon McCrory, RRV Paramedic at North West Ambulance Service, said: “We are all hoping for some lovely weather this weekend but as the temperature does rise, please remember to ensure that you are fully equipped, particularly if you are likely to be stuck in traffic, with  plenty of food and drink.

“We often see a rise in the number of 999 calls we receive during Bank Holidays, many of which can be preventable with some extra care being taken. We hope that everybody enjoys their long weekend but just remember to take a little bit of time to consider staying safe.”

Here are some quick safety checks that are recommended before travelling this weekend:

  • Make sure your car is suitable for the journey and is topped up with plenty of fuel
  • Be aware of the weather forecast and pack appropriate clothing
  • Ensure the children have plenty of games to keep them entertained
  • Pack a first aid kit including sunscreen
  • Know your route before you set off

For those deciding to avoid the traffic and stay home, please be aware of any potential dangers around the house, particularly if you are planning to do any DIY or work in the garden! When outdoors, please remember to apply sunscreen regularly as UV rays can be very dangerous, even when it’s cloudy or breezy.

Simon continues: “I’ll be out and about responding to emergency calls on Bank Holiday Monday, so please only call for me in a real emergency. If you are in need of urgent medical attention but are unsure whether this is an emergency, please dial 111 for advice. Alternatively, lots of information on medical conditions can be found on the NHS Choices website – www.nhs.uk.

“However, if somebody has collapsed, is bleeding heavily or suffering any other potentially life-threatening symptoms – do not hesitate, ring for an ambulance on 999!”