Yorkshire Ambulance Service issues safety advice ahead of Bonfire Night

01 November 2023

The region’s ambulance service is reminding everyone to take extra care and follow safety advice during the upcoming Bonfire Night celebrations.

Every year, Yorkshire Ambulance Service is called to patients who are injured by fireworks or bonfire-related incidents. These injuries can range from minor burns to life-threatening conditions. The service is urging the public to follow the Firework Code, to ensure the safe use of fireworks at home.

Dr Steven Dykes, Deputy Medical Director at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said: “There will be many Bonfire Night events taking place across the region in the coming days, and we want everyone to enjoy the celebrations. We always recommend going to a professionally organised, public firework display.

“However, if you are planning to host your own event, make sure to follow the necessary safety precautions. If fireworks are used properly, accidents are avoidable – if used incorrectly, they can result in serious injuries.”

In the event of an accident with fireworks or a bonfire, it is important to act quickly and follow the advice for treating burns and scalds: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/burns-and-scalds/

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has also issued advice to ensure Bonfire Night events are safe and enjoyable for all: https://www.rospa.com/policy/home-safety/advice/fireworks-safety

For minor injuries, visit NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk or go to a minor injuries unit. For serious injuries, seek urgent medical help by calling 999.

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