Bonfire night casualties

8 November 2011

FireworksBurnt hands, a firework in the eye and smoke inhalation were all treated by London Ambulance Service staff in the run up to bonfire night.

The Service attended 22 firework and one bonfire related incident since 20 October, six more than over the same period last year.

Fenella Wrigley, Deputy Medical Director, said: “These figures show that although most people are taking care and having a safe and enjoyable bonfire night, there are still a minority who injure themselves and may put others at risk.”

For more information on firework safety, please visit The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Safer Fireworks website: http://www.saferfireworks.com/ or NHS Choices website at: http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/fireworksafety/Pages/Fireworksafety.aspx

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Notes to editors

  • Last year the Service treated 17 people for burns following an accident with a firework
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