Nobody wants to step on a needle. They can make you bleed and carry infection.
Like most litter it will make a mess until someone takes action and cleans it up.
Unlike most litter: touching needles is dangerous. It’s important to get them cleaned up before somebody gets hurt, but you shouldn’t pick them up yourself.
What do I do if I find a needle on the floor?
1. DON’T TOUCH IT
2. Write down the location as accurately as possible (e.g. outside house number 20 on Easy Street) and the number of needles found. If you have a camera phone then take a photograph.
3. Tell us! There are a few different ways to do this:
Eek! I accidentally touched it!
Okay, don’t panic. You’ll be okay, but because of the risk of infection it’s really important that you get even the smallest injury (even a tiny prick) checked by a doctor as quickly as possible.
Follow the four simple steps below:
1. Encourage bleeding by gently squeezing the area – do not suck.
2. Wash effected area with soap and running water – do not scrub the area.
3. Cover area with waterproof dressing.
4. Tell an adult. Get them to take you to A&E right away. If this isn’t possible call 999 who will send an ambulance to take you there for free.