Ambulance service urges people to stay safe around fireworks

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Yorkshire Ambulance Service is urging people to stay safe in the run up to Bonfire Night.

Every year, its paramedics are called to deal with firework-related injuries. Some can be life-threatening.

The service has issued safety advice in a bid to reduce the number of people affected.

Dr David Macklin, executive director of operations, said: “Over the next few days our staff will treat a number of patients, children and adults, ranging from those with minor burns to those with more serious, life-threatening injuries.

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

“We strongly recommend that people attend a professionally-organised public display.

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

It has penned a list of dos and don’ts when dealing with bonfire or firework accidents:

- DO: Act quickly

- DO: If the patient is alight, extinguish any flames by rolling them on the ground

- DO: Use cold water to cool the burned area and reduce pain

- DO: Seek urgent medical help if injuries are serious by calling 999

- DO: Call visit a minor injuries unit or call NHS 11 if injuries are minor

- DON’T: Use skin creams or oils

- DON’T: Remove burned clothing which has stuck to the skin

For more information on firework safety, visit www.saferfireworks.com