Bonfire night safety advice from ERS Medical
With bonfire night upon us, here is some advice from ERS Medical to help you stay safe while enjoying firework displays.
- Professionally organised firework displays are safe and enjoyable for all the family. However, if organising a bonfire night/fireworks party or if setting off fireworks in your garden, please ensure safety at all times.
- Only ever purchase fireworks from a reputable dealer.
- Maintain a safe distance between spectators and fireworks. When lighting a firework use the safety lighters sold in the firework pack.
- Once lit, maintain a safe distance between yourself and the firework. If the firework doesn’t go off, don’t go back to check on it.
- Wear appropriate clothing when lighting fireworks. For instance, items with long, flowing sleeves can get in the way.
- Store fireworks safely and away from any naked flames. Fireworks can also be stored in a tin.
- Only take out one firework at a time.
- Secure rockets correctly.
- Keep pets indoors at all times.
If a burn injury does occur…
Lisa Pammen, Head of Clinical services at ERS Medical advises:
- Should a patient be alight, extinguish the flames by rolling the person on the ground.
- Cool burns and help to reduce pain by using cold tap water on the burn.
- Don’t apply any oils or creams to the burn.
- Don’t rip off any burned clothing that is stuck on to the skin.
- For minor injuries, seek advice from the 111 service or visit the minor injuries unit.
- For emergencies dial 999.
- Administer life support if you are trained to do so.
Stay safe and have a fun, enjoyable bonfire night!