As bonfire and fireworks night approaches, we urge people to follow safety precautions and act responsibly.

The Trust is urging everyone who is celebrating the bonfire night to take some simple precautions to avoid injury and the need to seek medical attention or dial 999.

This year we have pulled together ten top tips for you to be wary of:

  1. Never use petrol, other chemicals or flammables on a bonfire
  2. Keep fireworks in a closed box away from children and use them one at a time
  3. Read any instructions carefully using a torch if necessary
  4. Never smoke around fireworks
  5. Light fireworks at arm’s length with a taper and stand at a safe distance
  6. Never return to a firework once it has been lit
  7. Don’t put fireworks in pockets and never throw them
  8. Follow safety instructions if using sparklers
  9. Drinking alcohol and lighting fireworks do not mix
  10. Consider whether younger children would prefer to watch fireworks from inside

More information on firework safety can be found at The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents Safer Fireworks website: https://www.rospa.com/home-safety/advice/fireworks-safety

Cool, Call, and Cover anyone who gets burned

Giving the proper first aid immediately after a burn or scald can greatly improve a person’s recovery time and limit the severity of any scarring.

People can help someone recover from a burn injury by remembering to “Cool, Call, and Cover”:

For 20 minutes, run cold tap water over the burn and remove all clothing and jewellery (unless it is melted or firmly struck to the wound)

Call for assistance – For initial burn treatment advice, call NHS 111 or your local GP. In an emergency, dial 911.

Cover the burn with cling film or a non-fluffy, sterile dressing or cloth. Ensure that the patient is kept warm.