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.

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: “We are encouraging people to remain safe on Bonfire night but also asking people to think more carefully about how they use health services if they have an injury.

“Hospital accident and emergency (A&E) departments are for serious medical problems and injuries only. If 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.”

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 a local pharmacy, NHS 111 or your doctor.

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

Information about local NHS services along with a symptom checker can be found at: www.nhs.uk


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