Make sure to enjoy your Bonfire Night celebrations safely – that’s the message from local health leaders in Sandwell and West Birmingham
On the 5th of November, many of us will be celebrating Bonfire Night with fireworks, sparklers and of course, bonfires. But whilst enjoying the festivities, it’s important to take steps to avoid any accidents and injuries.
Dr Ian Sykes, GP and Chair at NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Don’t let an accident spoil your Bonfire Night. With everything that goes on during Bonfire Night, it’s easy to get injured if you’re not careful. That’s why every year, thousands of people get burnt by sparklers and fireworks.
“It’s really important that you are cautious of your surroundings and pay extra close attention to your children to make sure they don’t get burnt when using sparklers or watching fireworks.”
“If an accident does happen, make sure you have a fully stocked first aid kit and know how to treat a burn. Visit your local pharmacist or call NHS 111 if you need any advice or think you might need treatment.”
If you or someone you know do gets burnt on Bonfire Night, here are some steps you should follow:
- Stop the burning process as soon as possible by removing the person from the area and putting out any flames.
- Remove any clothing or jewellery near the area but avoid removing anything stuck to burnt skin.
- Run lukewarm water over the burn for 20 minutes to cool the burn.
- Keep the person warm by putting blankets and layers of clothing over them.
- Cover the burn with cling film to keep it clean.
- Treat any pain from the burn with paracetamol or ibuprofen.
If the burn is large or deep, causes white or charred skin or causes blisters, you should go to hospital immediately.
If you are lighting fireworks, make sure you are following The Firework Code. You should also remember to stand well back, keep pets indoors and avoid drinking alcohol. And, if you've done all of that, remember to have fun!
You can find more information on how to treat burns on the NHS website.
You can also call NHS 111 or visit your local pharmacist for advice on treating burns.