Our latest blog from Director of Mini First Aid, Kate Ball. Mini First Aid work with a team of medical practitioners, including Plastic Surgeon, Chris Munson. Kate talks to Chris about being on duty for Bonfire Night this weekend:
chris – do you actually like bonfire night?
As a plastic surgeon, I have mixed emotions about Bonfire Night. I have two young children so I love to see their faces watching the fireworks and a roaring fire. Most celebrations pass without any accidents, but for those few exceptions the outcome can be devastating.
are you always really busy on bonfire night?
You never quite know how busy the burns unit is going to be over Halloween and Bonfire Night. The wonderful staff where I work, approach both events with guarded anticipation every year. I have known Halloween and Bonfire Night to be quiet; but sadly some of the most devastating burns can happen from fireworks and bonfires so it is important to be aware of the dangers.
what are the main dangers we need to remember?
Basically fire, heat and children can be a lethal combination if we don’t take care. The main things parents need to be aware of is the bonfire itself, stray fireworks and the dreaded burnt out sparkler which can cause nasty injuries to little hands, faces or worse.
We need to remember though that we see scald injuries in children all year round; often from accidents with hot drinks. It is so easy to forget for a moment that freshly made cup of tea we have left within the reach of little ones.
what would your advice be to parents?
Accident prevention absolutely comes first. If an accident does happen, you need to follow these simple steps. It really can make all the difference:
1) Remove the burning source. Sounds obvious, but easy to forget. 2) Cool the burnt area. Run affected area under cool (not cold) water from a tap/shower for 20 mins. 3) Cover the burn with clingfilm. Nothing more, nothing less. No lotions and potions. 4) Keep warm. Sounds funny but after all that cooling, children can lose body heat very quickly, so keep your child (not the burnt area) warm on your way to A&E. 5) Act quickly – the sooner a medical professional can start treatment the better.
anything you would like to add Chris?
Have fun and in the nicest way possible, I hope not to meet anyone in a professional capacity over the fireworks celebrations!
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