Pancake Day

Top (first aid!) tips for Pancake Day

Stay safe in the kitchen while whipping up a batch or two this Pancake Day.

Burns

How to treat a minor burn or scald:

  1. 1. Hold burn under cool running water for at least 10 minutes
  2. 2. Remove clothing or jewellery around the burn, unless stuck to the burn
  3. 3. Cover lengthways with cling film
  4. 4. Monitor casualty and seek medical advice

Bruises

Bruises occur when an injury causes blood to leak into the skin or tissues beneath the skin. They may not appear straight away but the skin can still be painful and often feel tender at first.

Elderly people and those taking anticoagulant (anti-clotting) drugs can bruise easily.

What to do:

  1. 1. Raise and support the injured part in a comfortable position
  2. 2. Hold something cold against the injury to help reduce the swelling, like an ice pack or a frozen bag of vegetables wrapped in a tea towel for at least 10 minutes

Fractures (broken bones)

What to do:

  1. 1. If there’s an open fracture:
    • • Cover the wound with a sterile dressing
    • • Apply pressure around the wound, not over a protruding bone
    • • Secure with a bandage
  2. 2. Support the injured part above and below the joint
  3. 3. Place padding around injury
  4. 4. Call 999/112 for emergency help
    • • Do not move the casualty unless you have secured the limb
  5. 5. Treat for shock
  6. 6. Monitor breathing and level of response

 

You can find more first aid advice on our website and Youtube channel.

Download our first aid advice posters and stick them on your fridge or around your classroom, just in case an emergency were to happen.