What to do if a child suffers burns at a Fireworks event

Families up and down the country will be attending bonfire parties and fireworks events to celebrate Guy Fawkes night.

Unfortunately the NHS annually reports increased incidences of children and adults suffering from serious burns.

It’s important to know what to do in the event of a burn, so please remind yourself and others of the NHS burns advice:

  • Immediately get the person away from the heat source to stop the burning
  • Cool the burn with cool or lukewarm running water for 20 minutes – don’t use ice, iced water, or any creams or greasy substances such as butter
  • Remove any clothing or jewellery that’s near the burnt area of skin, including babies’ nappies – but don’t move anything that’s stuck to the skin
  • Make sure the person keeps warm – by using a blanket, for example, but take care not to rub it against the burnt area
  • Cover the burn by placing a layer of cling film over it – a clean plastic bag could also be used for burns on your hand
  • Use painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen to treat any pain
  • If the face or eyes are burnt, sit up as much as possible, rather than lying down – this helps to reduce swelling

Stay safe, and have fun!



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