First Aid and Road Safety is the theme for World First Aid Day 2013

Saturday 14 September 2013 is World First Aid Day – a global opportunity for all First Aid organisations to raise awareness about First Aid as a life saving act.

This year on World First Aid Day, the theme is ‘First Aid and road safety’. Road traffic accidents have become a major global killer. Today, there is one road fatality every 30 seconds and more than 50 per cent of deaths from traffic accidents occur in the first few minutes after the crash. Yet much of this loss of life is preventable. First Aid training educates citizens on accident and injury prevention, and gives them the skills to respond immediately to both major or minor emergencies. St Andrew’s First Aid, Scotland’s leading First Aid charity supports the international Red Cross and Red Crescent campaign asking for legislative provisions to make First Aid training compulsory for every driving licence candidate. We also endorse their statement that “it is also essential to introduce First Aid training at all stages of a person’s life – at home, in school, at the workplace. First Aid training should be accessible to everyone, not just to those who can afford it.” First Aid saves lives. It is for everyone, everywhere.

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