East Staffordshire CCG is reminding local people to take the necessary precautions ahead of Bonfire Night. While fireworks and sparklers can provide hours of entertainment they can also be dangerous.
Each year more than 1000 people suffer from nasty injuries caused by fireworks and sparklers because they have not been careful. A few simple steps beforehand can help residents stay safe during 5 November celebrations.
Top tips to stay safe:
- Attend an organised display
- Follow The Firework Code if you do decide to have your own display: https://www.rospa.com/home-safety/advice/fireworks-safety/
- Wear gloves when using sparklers
- Keep a bucket of water nearby to store extinguished sparklers, and avoid contact with clothing
- Don’t give sparklers to children under 5.
If accidents do happen, it is important to remember to use the appropriate service. Many injuries can be treated at home with self-care; you can seek advice from your pharmacist, NHS 111 or GP. If a burn is to the face, call 999 straight away.
Dr Charles Pidsley from East Staffordshire CCG said: “It is important people take the appropriate steps before celebrating Bonfire Night this year. If you do decide to have a firework display at home, always follow The Firework Code. Don’t drink alcohol if you are lighting fireworks, stand well back and keep pets indoors.
“These are just a few simple steps you can take to stay safe. If accidents happen, call NHS 111. It is fast and easy and the trained advisor can direct you to the best medical care for your needs.”
NHS 111 is available free of charge, 24 hours a day, seven days a week (including bank holidays) by calling 111.
For further information and advice on buying fireworks, using and disposing of fireworks safely and planning a firework display, visit the ROSPA website: https://www.rospa.com/home-safety/advice/fireworks-safety/.