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Common sense can prevent winter accidents

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: December 03, 2013

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ASHBOURNE households are being given a timely reminder that deaths and serious injuries due to winter related accidents are not inevitable.

With a focus on ensuring that hospitals can cope with increased demand, Tom Mullarkey, chief executive of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents is urging people to consider the steps they can take to keep themselves safe and out of accident and emergency.

Mr Mullarkey said: “Life should be as safe as necessary, not as safe as possible, and we encourage everyone, particularly children, to get out and about to enjoy wintry weather when it comes our way.

“In winter, three issues really grab my attention.

The first is that some people use a spurious fear of litigation to avoid doing their duty as citizens of clearing the footpaths around their businesses and homes.

The second is that the number of older people who end up in A&E after a fall on ice and snow is so easily reduced by them wearing proper footwear or better still, pavement crampons, and by using a walking pole.

And the third is that we often hear about people dying because they try to rescue a dog which has gone through the ice, so keeping the dog on its lead and realising that the dog is much more likely to get out alive than the owner, is the key to education here.

Acting on issues like these will mean that more of us are alive and well when the spring comes.”

More information is available at www.rospa.com/wintersafety

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