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  1. Giant Hogweed: Britain’s most dangerous plant

    Giant Hogweed: Britain’s most dangerous plant

    When out and about, we tend to take Britain’s nature for granted. Asides from those of us with allergies to wasp and bee stings, we view the countryside as a safe place. However, there is a dangerous species of plant which grows in many places, including along urban waterways and footpaths and in parks and…

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  2. Spotting the Symptoms of Sepsis

    Spotting the Symptoms of Sepsis

    Many people will be familiar with the UK’s leading causes of death: Alzheimer’s, cancer, heart disease, stroke. But there is a distinct lack of awareness when it comes to sepsis; in fact 44% of people have never heard of it. Also known as septicaemia or blood poisoning, this devastating illness affects 150,000 and kills 44,000…

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  3. Beware of button batteries!

    Beware of button batteries!

      Being a parent isn’t easy. There’s nothing more important than keeping your children safe from harm, but in our rapidly changing world, the dangers in our homes aren’t always obvious. One small piece of technology which has made headlines for the wrong reasons is the lithium coin battery, or button battery, found in a vast…

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  4. Could you spot a stroke?

    Could you spot a stroke?

    According to the Stroke Association, each year there are more than 100,000 strokes in the UK. While strokes tend to affect older people, there are nonetheless over 400 childhood strokes each year too. Stroke is the fourth biggest cause of death in the UK, and leaves almost two thirds of survivors with a disability. The…

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  5. The British seaside’s hidden dangers: Jellyfish stings & other marine hazards

    The British seaside’s hidden dangers: Jellyfish stings & other marine hazards

    Here in the UK, there aren’t many dangerous animals to contend with. It’s been a long time since we had wolves or bears, and just as you won’t worry much about the wildlife when you go hiking in the countryside, most people wouldn’t give it a second thought when they take a trip to the…

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  6. Spotting Scarlet Fever Symptoms

    Spotting Scarlet Fever Symptoms

    The UK is currently experiencing its worst outbreak of scarlet fever in 40 years, so now is a good time to learn more about this contagious illness, especially if you’re a parent, teacher or childcare worker. Scarlet fever usually affects children (though can infect adults too) and can be distressing. While it was a serious…

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  7. How does a first aid course for children differ from an adult’s?

    How does a first aid course for children differ from an adult’s?

    Safety First Aid Training offer both workplace first aid courses, which are focused on adult casualties, and paediatric first aid training courses, which focus on children and infants. You might wonder why there are separate courses for adults and children. The short answer is that in some key areas, the advice for children is different…

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  8. Do you know how to perform CPR on a baby?

    Do you know how to perform CPR on a baby?

    If your baby stopped breathing, would you know what to do? It’s a situation that all parents hope they’ll never face, but it pays to be prepared. With a baby on the way, at the end of February former wrestler and actor Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) posted on Instagram about how he and his family…

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  9. Would you recognise an epileptic seizure?

    Would you recognise an epileptic seizure?

    Understanding epilepsy Most of us will have some awareness of what epilepsy is, but what you may not know is that anyone could have a single epileptic seizure at some point in their lives. What is an epileptic seizure? Epileptic seizures are caused by a disturbance in the brain’s electrical activity. There are different kinds…

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  10. Dennis, our senior trainer, has been admitted to the Order of St John!

    Dennis, our senior trainer, has been admitted to the Order of St John!

    In recognition of his voluntary first aid work, earlier this year our senior trainer, Dennis Outram, was appointed by HM the Queen as a Serving Brother of the Order of St John! He was officially presented with his award on the 20th of March at the St John Priory Church in London by Surgeon Rear Admiral…

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