Stay safe over bank holiday

HIGH Peak residents are being urged to take a sensible approach to DIY, gardening and their health over the bank holiday weekend.

DIY and gardening mishaps, along with sunstroke, dehydration, poisoning or reactions from undercooked food, and alcohol-related incidents are some of the most common reasons people end up in hospital over the bank holiday period with injuries from tools and machinery causing 220,000 accidents a year cross the UK.

Now health bosses are urging DIY and gardening enthusiasts to work safely – and if they do have an accident, to call the 111 health hotline if they need medical help but it’s not a 999 emergency.

Gail Walder, Derbyshire urgent care network manager for NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Your GP surgery will be closed over the August bank holiday weekend and the majority of pharmacies are open for limited hours, so be sure to drop off and pick up any repeat prescriptions to ensure you don’t get caught without vital medicines over the bank holiday. Requests take 48 hours to process.”

Gardening and DIY enthusiasts are being urged to work in a safe environment, preparing and planning tasks to avoid accidents.

Top tips include: keeping children and pets away from the area you are working in; removing as much furniture as possible; covering large items with dust sheets; checking a ladder’s condition before use to avoid falls from height; disconnecting all electrical appliances and tools before repairing or cleaning them; and using a residual circuit device (RCD) if your home is not already wired with one.

The NHS 111 service was launched in October.