Stay safe this Bonfire Night

Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven clinical leaders are reminding local people to stay safe this Bonfire Night by following the proper precautions.

While fireworks look spectacular in the sky, they can be very dangerous if they aren’t lit in the correct conditions. The best way to stay safe and enjoy the night is to attend an organised display. If you do decide to have your own display, make sure you follow The Firework Code which you can find online at:www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Fireworksafety

Sparklers should also be treated with caution. Always wear gloves to avoid burns, and accompany all children when using them. Keep a bucket of water nearby to store extinguished sparklers, and avoid contact with clothing.

Every year there are instances when people have had nasty injuries from fireworks or sparklers because they haven’t been careful.

If accidents do happen, it’s important to remember to use the appropriate service when treating any injuries. Many injuries can be treated at home with self-care, or you can seek expert advice from your pharmacist, NHS 111 or GP.

The three local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs): Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven, Bradford City and Bradford Districts are urging people to look after themselves this winter and choose the right NHS service they need.

Dr Colin Renwick, clinical chair of Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG, said: “Hospital Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments are for serious medical problems and injuries only, such as severe chest pain, difficulty breathing, significant head injuries and broken bones.

“When people with minor illnesses and injuries turn up at A&E they are taking up emergency health professionals’ time that is better spent dealing with seriously ill or injured patients who need the service most. People can help us by choosing well and using the best service for their needs.”

You can find a symptom checker and information about local NHS services at: www.nhs.uk or visit: www.nhsstaywell.org for a list of local health services and contact details.

NHS 111 is available free of charge, 24 hours a day, seven days a week (including bank holidays) by dialling 111.

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For more information, contact the communications team on: 01274 237386 or communications@bradford.nhs.uk