Remember, remember to stay safe this fifth of November

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FireworksWhile fireworks, sparklers and bonfires are great fun, they can be dangerous if you use them unsafely. Each year more than 1000 people suffer nasty injuries caused by fireworks and sparklers.

If you or someone you know do get burnt on Bonfire Night, here are some steps you should follow:

  • Stop the burning process as soon as possible by removing the person from the area and putting out any flames.
  • Remove any clothing or jewellery near the area but avoid removing anything stuck to burnt skin.
  • Run lukewarm water over the burn for 20 minutes to cool the burn.
  • Keep the person warm by putting blankets and layers of clothing over them.
  • Cover the burn with cling film to keep it clean.
  • Treat any pain from the burn with paracetamol or ibuprofen.

If the burn is: large or deep, causes white or charred skin or causes blisters, you should go to hospital immediately.

To ensure Bonfire Night is fun for everyone, make sure you wear gloves when using sparklers, don’t give sparklers to children under five and keep a bucket of water nearby to extinguish them.

If you are lighting fireworks make sure you are following The Firework Code. You should also remember to stand well back, keep pets indoors and avoid drinking alcohol. And, if you've done all of that, to have fun!

You can find more information on how to treat burns on the NHS website.

You can also call NHS 111 or visit your local pharmacist for advice on treating burns.