Health And Care Expert Series

First Aid for Public Events

Thursday, 1 February 2018

As an event organiser, you have a legal and moral obligation to ensure the safety of your staff, contractors and attendees. While planning large events usually entails more risk assessment and management, even small events require certain measures to protect the wellbeing of your team and event-goers. Here's what you need to know in order to prepare for emergencies and meet your legal obligation.

Ensure Safety At Your Event

What is a Duty of Care?

A duty of care is the moral or legal obligation that you have to ensure the safety or wellbeing of others. When planning and hosting an event, you have a legal obligation to safeguard attendees and event staff from foreseeable harm. This means determining any likely dangers and preventing injury. If you fail to fulfil this duty you may face legal action.

Preparing for Emergency

The steps that you need to take to prepare for an emergency will depend on the size and nature of the event. However, you should always start by developing a comprehensive emergency procedure plan. Likely considerations will be the weather, unavailability of key staff members, the potential outbreak of fire and emergency evacuation procedure. It is always a good idea to contact local police, fire, rescue and ambulance services to discuss and further develop your plan with their assistance. 

Medical Equipment You May Need

There is no single list of medical supplies required for all events. However, you are likely to need first aid supplies to treat injuries. This could include:

Fire Blankets

A fire blanket is a flame-proof device that provides a quick and simple solution to immediately combat the outbreak of fire. The WaterJel Fire Blanket (Canister) puts out the fire and stops burn progression. It simultaneously cools the skin to reduce pain and protects against airborne contamination.

Fire Extinguishers

A fire extinguisher is an active fire protection device, used to control small fires in emergency situations. There are eight types of fire extinguishers in total, so it is best to consult your local fire department to ensure that you purchase the appropriate type. Suitable for smaller events, the Steroplast 600g Fire Extinguisher -Powder is a lightweight powder extinguisher that can be used to extinguish electrical fires. 

Burn Response Kits

A burn kit is a specialised first aid kit designed to treat burn victims. The Burnshield Responder First Aid Kit provides the essentials to treat someone that has been burned, including dressings and gel that soothe the skin and prevent further trauma.

The WaterJel Catering Burn Kit is a comprehensive kit for treating burn injuries in commercial kitchens. The dressings supplied in this kit stop burn progression, cool the skin and protect against airborne contamination.

First Aid Kits

First aid kits are available in many different capacities, so there will be some that are more suitable for your event than others. The Fast Response First Aid Kit in Marseilles Grab Bag contains an exhaustive range of comprehensive first aid products, including various dressings, cleaning wipes, eye pads, eye wash, gloves and forceps.

First Aid Furniture

For large events, you may need to set up a first aid room or tent. The Safety First Aid Standard First Aid Room Furniture Package provides the equipment needed to set up a dedicated first aid area. This includes a couch, a three-tier trolley, a guidance poster, a blanket, a pillow, a work station and a pedal bin.


A defibrillator gives a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall, and can save the life of someone who is in cardiac arrest. The Defibtech Lifeline Automatic External Defibrillator AED is one of the easiest defibrillators to use, and will actually detect when defibrillation is required and only deliver treatment when needed.

If you would like to order medical equipment from Health and Care for your event, contact our Customer Service team on 020 7720 2266 or at for assistance.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Whether your bed sheets are simple or elaborate, one thing is true for nearly all of us: we aren't washing our bed sheets enough. At, we're passionate about your health, and that includes getting a good, healthy sleep each night. We'll lay down the facts on bed sheet hygiene, along with some tips that may just help you sleep better, and healthier, in the nights to come.

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When choosing an ankle brace for football, there are some key points to consider, and not all braces are created equal. Check out our handy guide to choosing an ankle support for football, with some of our favourite braces highlighted.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

If you're someone who sleeps on your side, you've probably found conventional pillows to be unsupportive, and not designed for you. At Health and Care, we've compiled some of our favourite pillows for side-sleepers, designed to give you a better night's sleep than you ever thought possible.

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Bed sores, pressure wounds, pressure ulcers...whatever you know them by, we can all agree that this is a nightmarish affliction. Whether you have pressure ulcers yourself or care for someone who does, finding an effective solution which is both comfortable and economical can prove a struggle.

For a product which works to both heal existing bed sores whilst also preventing them from developing in the first place, the Treat-Eezi Bed Sore Pad can work wonders. This truly is a revolutionary product that was even trialled by the NHS with “a very positive assessment” – the first non-powered product to heal Stage 3 and 4 wounds.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016  |  Paul

Standard, split, tapered, folded, stretcher, backboard, spine-board, head immobiliser… The list can go on - and on and on - when it comes to evacuation equipment. Whether you are evacuating from an underground cave or lifting someone from the ruins of a collapsed building, the range helps move, support and immobilise a patient as much as possible.

Thursday, 28 January 2016  |  Paul

There’s no denying it: acid reflux is a pain. Whether it’s something you have to deal with occasionally, for instance after eating a big meal or spicy food, or if you suffer from GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) and experience it frequently, acid reflux can be a huge inconvenience. From medication to lifestyle changes, thankfully there is much that can be done to control the sickly-stingy sensation. One particularly easy way is by using an acid reflux bed wedge pillow. Read on to learn more about how this can help.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015  |  Paul

The innovative VARIDESK has been designed to address the negative side-effects of being seated for the majority of the working day. With new research demonstrating the ill effects on health our sedentary lifestyles are having, standing desks offer a new way to work.

Friday, 12 June 2015  |  Paul

This Sunday will mark the beginning of Diabetes Week 2015, which runs this year from Sunday 14th to Saturday 20th of June. The week is an important part of the Diabetes community, and strives to raise awareness of the condition that so many people in the UK live with. Diabetes Week, run by Diabetes UK, wants to remind everyone that you’re not alone when it comes to diabetes.

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