Bonfire night safety warning for Lichfield and Burntwood residents

fireworksPeople in Lichfield and Burntwood are being given a safety reminder ahead of bonfire night.

West Midlands Ambulance service are already preparing for the usual increase in calls to incidents involving fireworks and bonfires.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said:

“Unfortunately, despite warnings issued at this time of year about bonfire and firework safety, our crews are sadly all too familiar with people who have injured themselves in such incidents.

“Last year crews dealt with numerous incidents including hand injuries caused to people who were holding fireworks when they exploded, burns from bonfires after simple slips and trips, to the more extreme cases where members the public used petrol or other accelerants on bonfires; resulting in the fire flashing back and causing serious burns, which can scar for life.

“An ambulance crew last year even reported having fireworks thrown at their vehicle whilst en route to hospital. Throwing fireworks is extremely dangerous and can cause serious injuries, luckily in this instance no one was injured and no damage was caused to the vehicle allowing them to safely continue their journey.”

And the Service are also urging people to think about where they will be enjoying bonfire night.

A spokeswoman continued:

“West Midlands Ambulance Service would like everyone to enjoy the forthcoming weekends and to stay safe – why not think about attending an organised firework display where possible? If you planning on holding a party at home, please ensure you do so safely and follow the Firework Code at all times.”

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