Everybody wants to have fun on Bonfire night, make sure your evening is safe
- Sparklers get five times hotter than cooking oil.
- A rocket can reach speeds of 150mph.
- A firework shell can reach as high as 200 metres.
- Three sparklers burning together generate the same heat as a blowtorch.
- The majority of firework-related injuries happen at family or private parties.
- Around half of all injuries are to children under the age of 17.
- The most common injuries are to hands, followed by the eyes and face.
Firework First Aid Guide from St Johns Ambulance:
Burns or scalds
If someone’s got a burn or scald:
- Run it under cold water for at least 10 minutes. You need to completely cool the skin to prevent pain, scarring or further damage
- If the burn is on a child, or if you think it’s a serious burn call 999/112 for an ambulance
- Remove any jewellery or clothing near the burn (unless they’re stuck to it)
- Don’t pop any blisters or apply creams – this can make it worse
- Once cooled, cover the burn with cling film or a plastic bag
- If necessary, treat them for shock , by laying them down with their legs raised and supported above the level of their heart
Debris in the eye
If someone’s got something in their eye:
- Tell them not to rub it, so they don’t make it worse
- Pour clean water over their eye to wash out what’s in there and/or to cool the burn
- If this doesn’t work, try to lift the debris out with a damp corner of a clean tissue
- If this doesn’t work either, don’t touch anything that’s stuck in their eye – cover it with a clean dressing or non-fluffy material
- Then take or send them straight to hospital