How to stay safe
The fun and excitement of Fireworks and Bonfire Night are on the horizon, but we must remember to stay vigilant. History has proven time and again that prevention is always better than cure, so here are a few of my top tips to stay safe this autumn, followed by how to deal with burn injuries if things don’t quite go to plan!
Fireworks always provoke wonderful reactions when lighting up the sky. Many people attend events run by professionals to high safety standards, but if you plan to light your own fireworks here are some top tips to remember:
- Always buy fireworks from a reputable shop and check they conform to British standards
- Have a first aid kit, bucket of sand, plenty of water and a fire blanket to hand
- Keep fireworks in a closed box and never in your pocket
- Only use one firework at a time
- Light fireworks at arm’s length and stand well back
- Remember to keep cigarettes, candles and other flames away from any fireworks
- Finally, never return to a firework that’s already been lit – stay well clear!
Sparklers are mesmerising and children love to wave them around writing their name in the air. But sparklers burn very powerfully and the metal handle heats up dramatically once they are lit. So be sensible and always ensure that children are wearing gloves when holding them and once they have burnt out place them in a bucket of sand. Finally make sure you don’t let anyone touch them until they are completely cool.
Have fun, take care of your loved ones and fingers crossed the weather stays dry!
What to do if someone does get burnt?