Make your big night go with a bang - safely!
The NEAS guide to avoiding injuries due to bonfires and fireworks
Every year the North East Ambulance Service is called to
incidents where people have suffered firework and bonfire
Here's a few tips on how you and your family can stay safe this
Paul Liversidge, Chief Operating Officer at NEAS,
said: "Around the Bonfire Night period, our ambulance crews will
treat a number of patients, children and adults for anything from
minor burns to more serious, life-threatening injuries.
"It is easy to forget how dangerous fireworks, bonfires and even
sparklers can be. Sparklers get five times hotter than cooking oil
and a rocket can reach speeds of 150mph.
"Throughout the celebrations please remember to keep a watchful
eye on your children and to keep them out of harms way. If you are
handling or lighting fireworks yourself remember to follow all the
"Fireworks used properly are safe, and accidents are avoidable.
However, they can cause devastating injuries or even death if
safety precautions are not followed.
"We recommend that people go along to a professionally-organised
public display. But, if you are planning to host your own event, we
urge you to exercise caution and 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 should:
- extinguish any flames if the casualty is alight
- use cold water (ideally cold running water) to cool the burnt
area and reduce pain
- not remove burnt clothing which has stuck to the skin
- not use any creams, oils etc
- seek urgent medical help, calling 999 if injuries are serious.
(For minor injuries consider visiting a minor injuries unit or call
If you or a member of your family does suffer any type of burn
or accident, you should seek appropriate medical attention or
advice as soon as possible.
For more information on firework safety, please log onto The
Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Safer
Fireworks website: www.saferfireworks.com or
visit the NHS Choices website at: