be safe not sorryEverybody 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