New safety tips for the weekend

Safety advice has been given for the bank holiday weekend.

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) has issued the advice after receiving more than 7,000 calls over the bank holiday weekend in August.

Tim Hayes, a clinical general manager for EEAST said: “There are lots of measures that members of the public can take to ensure they have a safe and enjoyable bank 

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“If you are drinking, make sure you alternate your alcoholic drinks with soft drinks and don’t over indulge, as no-one wants to end their evening in A&E. If you’re having a barbecue please ensure you light it safely and ensure that all your food is cooked thoroughly.”

EEAST is also urging people to think twice before dialling 999 for minor ailments.

Tim added: “Your insect sting or sunburn might be painful, but please think about whether it really requires an ambulance before calling us.

“Minor cuts, insect bites, sunburn and headaches can easily be treated at home. “Make sure your first aid kit is up to date with over-the-counter pain killers, after sun, plasters and antihistamines.”

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