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