CCGs offer burns advice ahead of Bonfire Night

Friday, November 4, 2016

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are urging parents to be extra vigilant in keeping themselves and their children safe from unnecessary firework related injuries, ahead of Bonfire Night on 5th November.

Each year local health services see a number of people attending with firework related injuries.

Those at greater risk of serious injury from burns are young children, especially those under the age of 5, since their skin is far more sensitive.

Nursing staff at the CCGs are offering the following advice to members of the public on how to safely and effectively treat minor burn injuries at home:

  • Cool the affected area with water for 10-30 minutes
  • Never use ice or greasy substances, such as butter
  • Cover the burn with a layer of cling film
  • If required take painkillers, such as paracetamol
  • If a blister forms, do not burst it

However if a burn is more serious, it may require immediate medical attention.

Brendan Prescott, deputy chief nurse, at the CCGs said: “We want everyone to have fun and enjoy Bonfire Night this year, but also want to remind people of all ages to take good care whilst they are celebrating and to be vigilant in ensuring that everyone stays safe.

“It’s important that parents and children remember that sparklers and fireworks are not toys and that the injuries they can cause can be extremely painful, or even life-changing, so please do be cautious with them.

"Whilst we hope that no accidents happen this year, we would encourage all parents to make sure they know how to treat a burn, and to act quickly if they do occur.”

Some common facts about fireworks include:

  • Sparklers can be up to five times hotter than cooking oil
  • A rocket can reach speeds of up to 150 mph
  • The majority of injuries happen at home or at private fireworks parties
  • The most common injuries occur to the hands, eyes and face
  • Around half of all injuries happen to children under the age of 17

For more information on fire work safety please visit: www.rospa.com/home-safety/advice/fireworks-safety/

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