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Ambulance Service Encourages Safety on Bonfire Night

01 November 2012

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust is reminding people to stay safe in the run up to Bonfire Night.

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 66 burn or explosion-related incidents in Yorkshire requiring ambulance attendance over bonfire week, twice the number attended in the first week of October.

Paul Birkett-Wendes, Executive Director of 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 are safe when used properly and accidents are avoidable. However, they can cause devastating injuries if safety precautions are not followed.

"We recommend that people attend a professionally-organised public display but if you are planning to host your own event, please 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 need to act quickly:

  • If the patient is alight, extinguish any flames by rolling them on the ground.
  • Use cold water (ideally cold running water) to cool the burnt area and reduce pain.
  • Do not remove burnt clothing which has stuck to the skin.
  • Do not use skin creams or oils.
  • Seek urgent medical help if injuries are serious by calling 999
  • For minor injuries, visit a minor injuries unit or contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647.

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

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