Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance launches summer safety campaign

WNAA air ambulance
WNAA air ambulance

Life-savers from the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance’s (WNAA) are urging people to stay safe this summer as part of a new campaign.

WNAA has just launched its summer campaign, Stay Safe, which urges members of the local communities to take care while they make the most of the nice weather this summer.

Everyone enjoys getting out and about over the summer months, but unfortunately it means the busiest time of the year for WNAA, with the number of rescue missions they attend every day peaking in the summer months.

There’s nothing more enjoyable than a nice walk in the countryside when the sun is shining, but falls make up 9.5 per cent of the missions that WNAA attend.

Even higher is the figure for equestrian accidents, which make up 10.5 per cent of call outs.

Similarly, the drier weather leads to an increase in people playing sports – whether that’s a kick-about with friends in the local park, or a game of cricket with the local team. Sport related incidents make up over eight per cent of incidents that WNAA attend.

It’s not just outdoor activities that cause an increase in mission call outs – people travelling by car or motorcycle on their holidays, summer outings, or visits to family and friends, means that road accidents can also increase. Motorcycle incidents alone make up almost six per ceny of the missions.

The weather may be nice, but don’t forget the importance of road safety.

In the past three weeks alone, WNAA has been called to deal with four fall incidents and three motorcycle accidents. They also treated a casualty on Friday, May 26, who suffered burns from a BBQ accident.

Each mission costs approximately £1,400 and WNAA receive no National Lottery or Government funding, relying entirely on donations. The cost to run the service increases of the summer months, as the helicopters are called out more, meaning WNAA rely on public donations even more.

As well as promoting the importance of staying safe over the summer months, WNAA is also reminding members of the public about the importance of carrying identification on them while out and about enjoying outdoor activities. Consider the vulnerability of being by yourself away from home, with no identification on you. Imagine paramedics not knowing who to contact simply because you did not have ID.

WNAA is offering people the chance to download an In Case of Emergency (ICE) card to ensure that you are always identifiable so that your next of kin can be informed if you are in an accident, and so you can receive the correct medical treatment.

You can download an ICE card by visiting http://www.wnaa.co.uk/how-you-can-help/ice

If you wish to donate to Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to keep this vital lifesaving service flying over the summer months and beyond, call 08454 130999 or visit http://www.wnaa.co.uk/how-you-can-help/donate.