Paramedics issue Bonfire Night advice

By Dave Doyle | 01/11/2017

Paramedics issue Bonfire Night advice

PARAMEDICS want partygoers to play safe this Bonfire Night and avoid ambulance call-outs.

But Yorkshire Ambulance Service has still issued top tips for dealing with fire-related accidents, as staff expect to attend several such calls.

Dr Julian Mark, executive medical director, said: “Over the next few days our staff will be called to treat patients with injuries ranging from minor burns to life-threatening conditions.

“When used properly, fireworks are safe and accidents are avoidable. But they can cause terrible injuries if safety precautions are not followed.”

He added: “We recommend that people attend a professionally-organised public fireworks displays.

“If you are planning to host your own event, please make sure safety is your main priority, to ensure everyone has a good time without getting hurt.”

If fireworks or bonfires do cause an injury, paramedics offer the following advice.

If the patient or their clothing is alight, extinguish any flames by rolling them on the ground.

Use cold water to cool the burned area and reduce pain — ideally cold running water, for ten minutes.

Do not remove burned clothing which has stuck to the skin and do not apply skin creams or oils.

Seek urgent medical help if injuries are serious by calling 999 — for minor injuries, call 111 or visit a minor injuries unit.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has also issued safety tips to avoid Bonfire Night mishaps.

  1. Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable.
  2. Keep fireworks in a closed box and use one at a time.
  3. Read and follow the instructions on each firework, using a torch if necessary.
  4. Light the firework at arm’s length with a taper and stand well back.
  5. Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks.
  6. Never return to a firework once it has been lit.
  7. Do not put fireworks in pockets and never throw them.
  8. Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators.
  9. Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire.
  10. Make sure the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving.

Visit for more information on firework safety and the law.

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