With the traditional bonfire night approaching, and Halloween at the end of the month, staff at the Salisbury District Hospital Burns Unit are warning people to take care when dealing with fireworks and not to use flammable liquids such as petrol to start bonfires.
Eunan Tiernan, Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Salisbury District Hospital said: “Most years the hospital will see a number of people with some form of burn or eye injury caused by fireworks, so it’s important that people take notice of the warnings that take place around this time. There is also considerable potential for serious burns injuries on firework night, especially with small children standing around, and these are nearly always caused by someone using petrol or paraffin to light the bonfire.”
“Burn injuries are amongst the worst for people to cope with. Apart from the immediate pain and suffering a serious burn injury can mean weeks and weeks in hospital with permanent scarring to follow.”
“It’s important that someone responsible is in charge of the fireworks and that they follow the manufacturers instructions. Keep fireworks away from the bonfire and never use petrol to light it. Always keep a bucket of cold water handy in case someone gets burnt. Please remember that if you are in charge, fireworks, bonfires and alcohol don’t mix. We want people to enjoy bonfire night at home with their families - not in the Burns Unit at Salisbury District Hospital.”
For further information please contact:
Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. Tel: 01722 425170