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Ambulance Service Issues Bonfire Night Safety Reminder

28 October 2015

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

Every year ambulance staff respond to a number of patients who have firework and bonfire-related injuries, and this year will be no exception.

Dr David Macklin, Executive Director of Operations at Yorkshire Ambulance Service,  said: “Over the next few days our staff will treat a number of patients, children and adults, ranging from those with minor burns to those with more serious, life-threatening injuries.

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

“We strongly recommend that people attend a professionally-organised public display but if you are planning to host your own event, please make safety your main 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 burned area and reduce pain.
  • Do not remove burned 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, call NHS 111 or visit a minor injuries unit.

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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