Bonfire Night, 5th November is going to be VERY different this year in COVID-19 lockdown. However, many people will still be marking the occasion in their own way, whether it’s a display in the garden or a sparkler or 3 in the street - socially distanced of course! And unfortunately this means potential for nasty burns, which could well be on the increase this year – injury figures show that the safest place to watch fireworks is at a large organised event, and, as these are out of the picture, extra care needs to be taken if setting off fireworks yourself. And it's not just fireworks to watch out for – sparklers, hot drinks and chilly temperatures outdoors can all be hazards.
So here’s a handy guide to how to stay safe this Bonfire Night!
· Only adults should set up, light and dispose of fireworks
· Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Discuss beforehand who will be in charge of your display
· Only buy fireworks carrying the CE mark which means they have been safety checked
· Make sure you have a torch handy for reading instructions
· Keep naked flames, including cigarettes well away from fireworks
· Make sure your audience is stood well back from the display
· It is not recommended to give sparklers to under-5’s. Instead, stand back and show them the beautiful patterns you can make!
· Make sure everyone handling sparklers is wearing a pair of gloves
· Hold sparklers at arms length and a sensible distance away from others
· Never hold a baby in your arms whilst holding a lit sparkler
· Have a bucket of cold water to hand to put the finished sparkler in – the metal stays super hot even once the sparkle has stopped
· As with sparklers, do not hold a baby and a hot drink at the same time
· Take your drink outside in a portable cup with a lid to avoid accidents
· Do not try and light fireworks / hold sparklers whilst holding a hot drink
We all know that even when taking precautions, accidents can happen. If anyone suffers a burn:
· As quickly as possible, cool the burn under a running cold water tap for 20 minutes – this will feel uncomfortable, especially for a child, but is the best way to avoid long term burn damage
· Remove any clothing and jewellery near the burn, unless it is melted or firmly stuck to the wound
· Cover the wound with cling film or a sterile, non-fluffy dressing or cloth and make sure the patient is kept warm
· Call 999 or 111 if necessary
Paradoxically, after talking about heat and burns, it’s important to remember that outside temperatures on Bonfire Night can be very cold. Don’t forget to:
· Dress for the weather, even if just in your own garden. If it’s a wet night, don’t forget waterproof layers
· Layer up to keep in body heat – lots of thin to medium layers work better than one thick layer
· Use hats, scarves and gloves to ward off cold
· Change immediately on coming back inside if you have got damp or wet
We hope you have fun whatever you decide to do on this most unusual Bonfire Night, but please do stay safe folks!
The Mini First Aid Team x
For more information on firework / sparkler safety see RoSPA
To celebrate bonfire season, we have teamed up with @SavlonUK to give away a £200 Lovetoshop voucher so you can wrap up your kids in style this winter and 5 runners up will get a Mini First Aid kit and Savlon Advanced Healing Gel so you can feel prepared and ready for any mishaps!