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Accident Free, Avoid A and E

A new campaign Accident Free, Avoid A and E has been launched by the Royal Society for the Prevention Accidents (RoSPA) in order to help ease pressure on the country’s frontline health workers during the coronavirus outbreak.

The campaign aims to keep people accident and injury free and out of hospital at this time. Help prevent accidents, protect your family and help the NHS by learning about and preventing the common causes of serious accidental injury.

With social distancing measures in force, more people of all ages are spending more time at home than ever before. But, more accidents happen in the home than anywhere else – every year, about 6,000 accidental deaths are caused by home accidents, with a further 2.7million people turning up to Accident and Emergency seeking treatment.

Errol Taylor, RoSPA Chief Executive, said: “While our amazing frontline healthcare staff are fighting this virus, we need to make sure we’re all doing everything we can to ease pressure on them in all other areas, particularly in A and E. We know that more accidents happen in the home than anywhere else – but that’s where everyone is going to be spending the majority of their time for the foreseeable future."

With the Accident Free, Avoid A and E campaign RoSPA are providing information, guidance and resources to help everyone, whatever their age and whatever their current circumstances to stay out of emergency departments.

There is advice available on: working from home with young children, how to keep them safe; if you are an older person who is self-isolating, or have an older relative you are worried about, including resources to prevent accidental falls. The information is available on the new campaign webpage.

For more information on the Council's Home Safety Scheme contact the Environmental Health Department on 03000 132 132. Further information can also be found here.

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