Explosion in number of firework-related injuries

4 November 2016

Bonfire nightSt John Ambulance issues first aid advice following survey which revealed that a third of parents and grandparents have witnessed an injury during Bonfire Night celebrations.

We are urging everyone to learn basic first aid skills ahead of Bonfire Night as shocking statistics reveal a third of parents and grandparents have witnessed an injury during Bonfire night celebrations* and 4,506 people visited A&E from 2014-2015 for treatment of a fireworks-related injury.** This is an increase of 111% from the 2,141 firework-related injuries reported in 2009-10.***

The most common injuries that St John Ambulance volunteers are required to treat at Bonfire Night gatherings are burns, debris in the eye from bonfires and fireworks and smoke inhalation.

Our volunteers will be attending fireworks events across the country so that anyone who needs first aid, gets it quickly. However, injuries are much more likely to occur at private parties where trained volunteers won't be on hand to help, highlighting the need for those attending fireworks events to learn basic first aid to ensure they can be prepared to help in a firework first aid emergency.

St John Ambulance CEO, Sue Killen, said: ‘The number of firework related injuries is increasing year on year and we are keen that people enjoying Bonfire Night don’t end their celebrations in hospital. Our volunteers will be on hand to provide expert first aid assistance at public displays across the country but if you are organising a private event, you need to know what to do if there is a first aid emergency.’


 

* A survey carried out with 1,000 participants via Gorkana Surveys (October 2016)
** Accident and Emergency Attendances in England - 2014-15
*** Accident and Emergency Attendances in England – 2009-2010