Firework injury warning by ambulance trust

PUBLISHED: 11:31 01 November 2008 | UPDATED: 11:32 17 June 2010

A SAFETY warning has been issued by South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust to those involved in firework festivities in the run up to November 5.

A SAFETY warning has been issued by South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust to those involved in firework festivities in the run up to November 5.

Each year the Trust deals with calls from people injured as a result of carelessness.

The severity of injuries varies from minor burns to hands and faces, to more serious conditions.

Many of those injured by fireworks are under 16.

Ken Wenman, the Trust's chief executive said: "I would urge people to keep safety in the forefront of their minds if hosting or attending an event to celebrate fireworks night.

"For example, ensure that children are supervised at all times around bonfires and when using sparklers.

"Similarly, all instructions and safety warnings should be followed when setting off fireworks at home, whilst making sure that people stand back at a safe distance.

"On behalf of the Trust I would like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable bonfire night."

Many calls made across the four counties relate to bonfire night burns. Other complaints include eye injuries as a result of burning embers and even smoke inhalation.

There are simple safety measures that people can take to avoid injury and harm on bonfire night. These include:

* Ensure children are supervised at all times, especially when using sparklers and around fires;

* If holding a party for friends and relatives at a private address always follow the safety instructions on fireworks and ensure that they are purchased from a licensed retailer;

* Check that people are at a safe distance from bonfires and making sure that weather conditions are suitable.

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