Bonfire night first aid !

Bonfire night first aid !

As Bonfire night is almost upon us, the chance of burn injuries from fireworks and bonfires are a very real concern.

Following these simple tips can help to reduce the severity of the burn and recovery time for the casualty :-

  • Stop the burning process as soon as possible. This may mean removing the person from the area, dousing flames with water or smothering flames with a blanket. Do not put yourself at risk of getting burnt as well.
  • Remove any clothing or jewellery near the burnt area of skin. However, don’t try to remove anything that is stuck to the burnt skin because this could cause more damage.
  • Cool the burn with cool or lukewarm water for 10-30 minutes, ideally within 20 minutes of the injury occurring. Never use ice, iced water or any creams or greasy substances, such as butter.
  • Cover the burn with cling film. Put the cling film in a layer over the burn, rather than wrapping it around a limb. A clean, clear plastic bag can be used for burns on your hand.

When to go to hospital

  • For large or deep burns – any burn bigger than the affected person’s hand
  • For full thickness burns of all sizes – these burns cause white or charred skin
  • For partial thickness burns on the face, hands, arms, feet, legs or genitals – these are burns that cause blisters


Apply creams or butter to a burn

Burst blisters

Touch the area unneccessarily

If you are unsure about anything regarding the burn, seek medical advice