How to have a super-safe bonfire night!
NEAS advice on avoiding injury from fireworks and bonfires
Although more and more people are attending organised firework
events where there is less chance of injury, there is no room for
If you are injured by a firework:
*Cool the area immediately with cold water and continue to do so
for at least 10 minutes
* Do not put anything onto the affected area such as butter,
ointments, or cotton wool.
*Use a clean, wet dressing. If you do not have a dressing use a
clean handkerchief, tea towel, pillowcase or sheet, etc. soaked in
* If a blister forms, do not break it.
* If the area affected is larger than the size of the patient's
palm or the patient is displaying signs of shock, then seek urgent
* If the burn is to the facial area, call 999.
A spokesperson, from the North East Ambulance Service, said:
"Each year we receive calls for firework and bonfire-related calls.
Our advice is that you need to keep a safe distance from bonfires
and attend organised events."
"Publicly organised firework displays are the safest as they are
in a controlled environment, and run by people who follow strict
instructions. It is advisable to attend these where possible.
"Everyone wants to enjoy this time of the year so try and make
it as safe as possible."
To enjoy your fireworks in safety, there are a number of
sensible precautions that can be taken:
* Don't drink alcohol if setting off fireworks
* Stand well back and keep others back
* Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them
* Never go back to a lit firework
* Always supervise children
* Keep pets indoors
* Sparkers are unsuitable for children under five
* Put used sparklers hot end down into a bucket of sand or