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Ambulance Service Issues Bonfire Night Safety Reminder

31 October 2014 01 November 2017

Families are being urged to make sure they have a safe Bonfire Night this year with the annual tradition set to take place over the coming weekend.

Every year the ambulance service responds to a number of patients who have firework and bonfire-related injuries and this year will be no exception.

Dr Julian Mark, Executive Medical Director at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said: “Over the next few days and especially during the weekend our staff will be called to treat patients, both children and adults, with injuries ranging from minor burns to more serious, life-threatening conditions.

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

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

In the event of an accident with fireworks or bonfires you need to act quickly:

  • If the patient or their clothing is alight, extinguish any flames by rolling them on the ground.
  • Use cold water (ideally cold running water for 10 minutes) to cool the burned area and reduce pain. 
  • Do not remove burned 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, call NHS 111 or visit a minor injuries unit.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has issued their top ten safety tips:
1. Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable.
2. Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time.
3. Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary.
4. Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back.
5. Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks.
6. Never return to a firework once it has been lit.
7. Don't put fireworks in pockets and never throw them.
8. Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators.
9. Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire.
10. Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving.

To read the full guide and advice available from RoSPA please use the following link:


Notes to Editor:
Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust covers almost 6,000 square miles of varied terrain from isolated moors and dales to urban areas, coastline and inner cities and provides 24-hour emergency and healthcare services to a population of more than five million people. The organisation receives an average of 2,450 emergency and routine calls per day and employs over 5,000 staff.

The Patient Transport Service made over one million journeys in 2016-17 transporting patients to and from hospital and treatment centre appointments. The Trust’s NHS 111 service helped 1.5 million patients across Yorkshire and the Humber, Bassetlaw, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire during 2016-17.

Issued by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service Press Office

Produced By: Corporate Communications Department