Fireworks can be fun, but they can also seriously injure or kill. They are explosives, after all!
Wake Green Surgery hopes you have safe a have and enjoyable bonfire and fireworks party this year.
In recent years, the number of injuries from firework, sparklers and bonfires has fallen across the region, but even one injury is one too many.
Some of the effects can be so serious that some patients continue to receive treatment years later.
So although we would like everyone to enjoy their celebrations this year, please make sure you do so safely and don’t suffer a life-changing injury.
The facts are stark:
A sparkler reaches a temperature of up to 2,000 degrees Celsius – that’s 20 times the boiling point of water. Three sparklers burning together generate the same heat as a blow-torch
A rocket can reach 150 miles an hour
A firework shell can go as high as 200 metres
The highest number of firework-related injuries happen at family or private parties
The most common injuries are to hands followed by eyes and faces
Only buy fireworks from a legitimate retailer. Check the fireworks you buy are suitable for the size of garden and conform to the British Standard 7114
Allow only one person to be responsible
Have a bucket of water ready
Have eye protection and gloves if lighting fireworks
Light fireworks at arm’s length with a taper
Stand well back and keep others back
Always supervise children
Store fireworks in a metal box, kept closed between use
Drink alcohol if setting off fireworks
Go back to a firework after it has been lit, even if it hasn’t gone off
Let children touch or pick up a discarded sparkler once it has gone out as it may still be very hot
It is far better to attend an organised firework display.
Despite decreases in injuries, no-one should be complacent about the potential levels of injury.
The damage that can be caused can have a lifelong impact on an individual’s health and can particularly have severe consequences for children.
Throughout the celebrations over the next couple of weekends remember to keep a watchful eye on your children and to keep them out of harm’s way and if you are handling or lighting fireworks yourself remember to follow all the safety rules.
For more information on firework safety and health information, visit NHS Choices