Ambulance service offer Bonfire Night safety reminder

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With many firework celebrations starting this weekend 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.

Dr Julian Mark, Medical Director at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said: “During the week of Bonfire Night festivities our staff will treat a number of children and adults with injuries ranging from minor burns to more serious, life-threatening conditions.

“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 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, visit a minor injuries unit or contact NHS 111.

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