Keep free from danger on Bonfire Night

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PEOPLE are being reminded to stay safe in the run-up to Bonfire Night.

Each year ambulance crews deal with a number of patients who have firework and bonfire-related injuries, and this year the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust has warned will be no exception.

Last year there were 66 burn or explosion-related incidents in Yorkshire requiring ambulance attendance over bonfire week - twice the number attended in the first week of October.

Paul Birkett-Wendes, executive director of operations at Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: “Our crews will treat a number of patients, children and adults, ranging from those with minor burns to those with more serious, life-threatening injuries.

“Fireworks are safe when used properly and accidents are avoidable. However, they can cause devastating injuries if safety precautions are not followed.

“We recommend that people attend a professionally-organised public display but if you are planning to host your own event, please make safety a priority to ensure everyone has a good time without getting hurt.”

The ambulance service has released this information in preparation for November 5:

* If the patient is alight, extinguish any flames by rolling them on the ground.

* Use cold water (ideally cold running water) to cool the burnt area and reduce pain

* Do not remove burnt clothing which has stuck to the skin

* Do not use skin creams or oils

* Seek urgent medical help if injuries are serious by calling 999

* For minor injuries, visit a minor injuries unit or contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647.

For more information on firework safety, please visit The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Safer Fireworks website: www.saferfireworks.com