First Aid for Fireworks injuries and staying safe around fireworks

First Aid for Fireworks injuries and staying safe around fireworks


– Hello, I’m Emma Hammett
from First Aid for Life and onlinefirstaid.com. It’s fireworks time. When autumn hits, we start
getting into Halloween, fireworks, Bonfire Night, Diwali, building up to New Year’s Eve. Fireworks start landing in the shops, and there is an increase
in antisocial behaviour associated with them, but more importantly, there
is also a serious increase in the number of injuries and
people admitted to hospital or turning up in A&E needing treatment for firework related injuries. In fact, there were
four and a half thousand people needing treatment last year. And that includes nearly
five hundred children that required treatment following
injuries with sparklers. Now a lot of people think that
sparklers are safe fireworks. Sparklers get as hot as a blowtorch, and we give them to small kids, and we say here, wave them around. So they need to be supervised seriously. They can have fun with
them, but be sensible. We’ve written a blog that
clearly takes you through some sensible precautions to minimise the risk from injuries with fireworks. And also, it gives you first
aid tips if somebody’s burned, if they end up with sparks in their eye, if they have smoke inhalation, or any of the other
relatively common injuries that happen around this year. So important things, if you’re
having a display at home, make sure that you’ve got a first aid kit and you know how to use it. You’ve got sand and you’ve got saline, which you can use to irrigate if somebody’s got something in their eye. Make sure you’ve also got
access to copious amounts of cool running water in
case somebody’s burned. There are all sorts of tips
that we have heard about and rules about fireworks
and the fireworks code. Please don’t store
fireworks in your pocket. Please don’t set them
off with a naked flame. Use a taper, and that obviously is a naked flame, but with a longer taper
rather than a lighter, which is obviously very short. Think very carefully. You’re setting off explosives. So stand well back, make sure the person posting the display and
setting off the fireworks is not consuming alcohol, because they need to have
their wits about them. Make sure that the fireworks have got the British Safety Standard, and that they are big enough, or rather, your garden is big enough, to house the fireworks that you’re buying, and they haven’t got too many
overhanging trees and things that could pose a risk. Ensure that people watching the fireworks are well back. Ideally, if they’ve got windows like this, they would be inside and the fireworks would be let off outside
so that they can see them from a safe distance
and from behind glass, where they’re safe. With sparklers, don’t
give them to under fives. And make sure that
children are wearing gloves when they’re holding sparklers. Have some sand for them to
put the spent sparklers out in because hot sparklers will
remain hot for a long time. If they pick them up,
they will burn themselves, and it will be a serious burn. With any burns, run the area
under cool running water for a full twenty minutes. Now we’ve got another blog
all about how to reduce the affects of a burn, to minimise the amount of
scarring and tissue damage and actually speed up the recovery, so the best treatment for a burn. If there’s sparks in the eyes and things, irrigate ideally with your sterile saline or with running water. If there’s anything embedded in the eye, you need to get them to an eye hospital as quickly as possible. Have a read of our blogs. I’m going to link them below. This Facebook Live. Stay safe at those firework display, and please don’t be one
of those statistics. So, fireworks are fun, I love them, but be safe and sensible, and also don’t forget the
impact they have on our pets. Pets are petrified. They have no idea what time of year it is and what to expect. That’s Emma Hammett
from First Aid for Life, and onlinefirstaid.com.

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