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Ambulance Service Encourages Safety on Bonfire Night

05 November 2010

In the run up to Bonfire Night, Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust is reminding people to be safe.
Every year ambulance crews deal with a number of patients who have firework and bonfire-related injuries, and this year will be no exception. Last year there were 98 burn or explosion-related incidents in Yorkshire between 1 and 15 November requiring ambulance attendance, with 41 of these occurring on the 5, 6, 7 and 8 November.

Keith Prior, Director of A&E Operations at Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: “Our crews will treat a number of patients, children and adults, ranging from those with minor burns to those with more serious, life-threatening injuries. 

“Fireworks used properly are safe and accidents are avoidable. However, they can cause devastating injuries if safety precautions are not followed.

“We recommend that people go along to a professionally-organised public display. But, if you are planning to host your own event, we urge you exercise caution and make safety a priority to ensure everyone has a good time without getting hurt.”

In the event of an accident with fireworks or fires you should:
• extinguish any flames if the casualty is alight
• use cold water (ideally cold running water) to cool the burnt area and reduce pain
• not remove burnt clothing which has stuck to the skin
• not use any creams, oils etc
• seek urgent medical help, calling 999 if injuries are serious. (For minor injuries consider visiting a minor injuries unit or contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647.)

For more information on firework safety, please log onto The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Safer Fireworks website: www.saferfireworks.com

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