Remember, remember: make safety paramount at firework time
NHS 24 is reminding people to take care and understand how to treat minor burns ahead of this year’s Bonfire Night celebrations on 5 November.
Along with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, NHS 24 advises that people should attend an organised display but, if a party is being held at home it’s important that people know how to treat any injuries.
NHS 24’s Medical Director Professor George Crooks urges caution: “Bonfire Night is great fun but it’s important that anyone holding a party makes sure that safety is paramount and they are fully aware of what to do in the case of a burn. Most minor burns can be treated at home by keeping the wound clean and remember not to burst any blisters that may form as they are the body’s natural defence to these types of injury. More serious burns, especially anything to the face, hands arms or feet will need treating at A&E.”
Top tips include:
- immediately get the person away from the heat source to stop the burning
- cool the burn with cool or lukewarm water for 10 to 30 minutes – do not use ice, iced water or any creams or greasy substances such as butter
- remove any clothing or jewellery that is near the burnt area of skin, but do not move anything that is stuck to the skin
- make sure the person keeps warm – for example by using a blanket – but take care not to rub it against the burnt area
- cover the burn by placing a layer of cling film over it
- use painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, to treat any pain