Some winter safety advice from SJA

From St. John Ambulance


Be safe and seen on the roads

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. 

Make sure you have the products you need to help you stay 
safe on the roads this winter:


  • Every vehicle on the road should be equipped with a good quality first aid kit. We recommend our Motorist kit
  • Should you need to wait at the roadside after a breakdown or accident hi-visibility coats are vital for helping other motorists see you and your passengers
  • With freezing temperatures predicted for this winter, you need to make sure you have a protection blanket or poncho with you to stay stay warm in case of a breakdown.

These are just some of the items you need to help you be equipped this winter.


Illness and Injury  

Some illnesses and injuries are more likely in the winter months, below are just a few:
Hypothermia develops when the body temperature falls below 35°C (95°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. 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. Learn how to treat frostbite

Sprains and Fractures

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 don’t need to be checked out by a doctor and you can treat this at home by following our basic first aid advice. If you suspect a fracture, follow these steps.

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