From St. John Ambulance
Be safe and seen on the roadsâ€¨
As winter draws in, the low temperatures and reduced visibility increase the risks of breakdowns and accidents on the roads and make it all the more important for motorists to be prepared. â€¨â€¨Make sure you have the products you need to help you stay â€¨safe on the roads this winter:
These are just some of the items you need to help you be equipped this winter.
IllnessÂ and InjuryÂ Â
Some illnesses and injuries are more likely in the winter months, below areÂ just a few:
Hypothermia develops when the body temperature falls below 35Â°C (95Â°F). It does not just occur when outdoors; hypothermia can also occur in poorly heated housing and can often affect the elderly. The effects vary depending on the level and speed to which the body temperature falls. Moderate hypothermia can be easily treatable in most cases.Â Learn how to treat hypothermia
Frostbite usually occurs in freezing or or windy and cold conditions. People who cannot move around are particularly susceptible. In many cases frostbite is accompanied by hypothermia and this should be treated accordingly.Â Learn how to treat frostbite
Sprains and Fracturesâ€¨
Winter can see a steady rise in the number of number of people getting sprains and fractures, because more people are slipping and falling in harsher weather conditions. Fractures will need a trip to hospital but sprains donâ€™t need to be checked out by a doctor and you can treat this at home by following our basic first aid advice.Â If you suspect a fracture, follow these steps.
Nearest tube: Elephant & Castle underground station (Northern and Bakerloo lines).
Nearest Railway Station: Elephant & Castle
Buses from Elephant and Castle: ask bus driver for Burgess Park. Bus numbers: 12, 171, 148, 176, 68, 484, 42, 40, 45