The clocks have gone back and the trees are rapidly losing their leaves.
Autumn with its crisp cold mornings and damp foggy days is upon us yet again. Now that Halloween is over the next event to look forward to is 5 November – Bonfire Night.
I love the smell of Bonfire smoke, mixed with the smell of firework powder and baked potatoes and having excited children gasping at pretty displays in the sky. However this is a time of year when accidents can and do happen with alarming regularity as people throw caution to the winds and forget some pretty basic health and safety guidelines.
Did you know that a sparkler reaches 2000°C? That is 20 times the boiling point of water!
Did you also know that firework rockets can travel at up to 150 miles per hour?
Every year approximately 1000 people are seriously injured by fireworks, many of them at parties held at home. Most injuries are to the hands and face which can require grafting and lengthy stays in hospital. To avoid injury go to an organised firework display but if you are going to hold a bonfire party at home there are few basic things you should remember to do and follow the firework code:
If you are injured by a firework the important thing is to cool the area immediately with cold water, and to keep cooling for a minimum of 10 minutes. This takes the heat out of the wound and prevents further “cooking” of the skin. Remove jewellery where possible and clothing if it hasn’t stuck. Then wrap the area in clingfilm to keep it clean and protected and seek medical advice.
Lastly, Have Fun But Remember to BE SAFE, NOT SORRY
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