Co-op and St John Ambulance provide Bonfire Night first aid
In preparation for firework displays
around 5 November, the Co-operative will be putting up posters in
their stores directing members of the public to our
website for handy first aid tips.
St John Ambulance is reminding people to take extra
care on Bonfire Night and when attending or organising
firework and bonfire displays.
We are issuing first aid advice to enable people to be
the difference between life and death, should an accident
The most common injuries sustained on Guy Fawkes Night are
burns, eg. from picking up a hot sparkler, and injuries to the eye,
caused when people look up at the fireworks. Here are some top tips
on how to care for someone who may have a bad burn or sore
- Holding the affected area under cold water for at least ten
minutes will cool the burn down and help to prevent scarring
- Burns covering an area larger than the palm of the casualty’s
hand will require professional medical attention and so the
casualty will need to see a doctor or go to hospital
- Major burns should be treated with water and in most cases an
ambulance will need to be called to get urgent medical help on the
- Burns must never be treated with lotions, ointments or creams
and adhesive dressings must not be applied to the affected
- To avoid infection the wound can be covered with any non-fluffy
material such as cloth, a clean plastic bag or kitchen film.
- Stand beside or just behind the injured person. Gently separate
their eyelids with your forefinger and thumb and ask them to look
right, left, up and down while you examine the eye
- If you can see a foreign object, wash it out by pouring clear
water from a glass or jug or using sterile eye wash. Place a towel
around their shoulders and pour from the inner corner of the
- If unsuccessful then try lifting the object off with the damp
corner of a clean tissue
- If you still cannot remove the object, seek medical help.
Most large organised events will have first aiders on site, many
of whom will be St John Ambulance volunteers, ready to respond if
needed. Our volunteers will be on duty at bonfires and firework
displays across the country.
Clive James, SJA Training Officer said: ‘Bonfire Night can be so
much fun for people of all ages but can easily be spoiled
. It’s useful for everyone to know some
basic first aid
so if an accident does happen you
will be prepared, or visit the first aiders on duty if you’re at a
public event. It’s important to get prompt treatment as first aid
can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.’
First aid advice can be downloaded by members of the public
via our free first aid app available for Android, BlackBerry
and iPhone users.