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Pennine Lancashire CCGs urge people to enjoy Bonfire night safely

Pennine Lancashire CCGs urge people to enjoy Bonfire night safely

A leading GP across Pennine Lancashire urges residents to take special care ahead of this week’s bonfire night celebrations.

Exclusive NHS Digital figures show at least 3,591 people attended A&E in England with a firework-related injury over the Halloween and Bonfire months between 2015 and 2019.

Dr David White, a GP in Burnley and the clinical lead for urgent care at NHS Blackburn with Darwen and NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Groups, said: “The message at this time of year is stay safe, please make sure a safe distance is kept away from fireworks and bonfires at all times, wrap up well and get home safely if you are out celebrating.

“Sadly, despite annual warnings, it is inevitable that our region’s accident and emergency departments see firework and bonfire related injuries around this time of year.

“My advice is to go to an organised fireworks display, where all appropriate precautions will have been considered and in place.”

If you are hosting your own fireworks/ bonfire, please take the extra precautions to:

  • Only buy fireworks from a reputable shop and ensure they are CE marked. Keep them in a closed metal box and ensure you follow the instructions
  • Place fireworks on a stable surface and light at arm’s length using a taper, stand well back and never throw or go back to a lit firework
  • Do not burn household rubbish on a bonfire. Keep your bonfire within a contained area away from fireworks, people, properties, and trees and never light using flammable liquid. Check for animals hiding before lighting
  • Keep pets calm and indoors and ensure children are safe and a good distance away from the fireworks
  • Pour water on bonfire remains to ensure it is fully extinguished before leaving or going to bed
  • If using sparklers, ensure they are held in a gloved hand at arm’s length and there is a bucket of water to put them in once the sparkler is out

If any clothing catches on fire remember to stop, drop and roll. And remember to call 999 and ask for the fire service if it is an emergency.

Learn more about bonfire and firework safety on the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service website via: www.lancsfirerescue.org.uk/safety/safety-advice/bonfires-and-fireworks