First Aid for Bonfire night

I love Fireworks. I’m not sure if it’s my Italian blood as Italians certainly love their fireworks and there’s no waiting until the 5th November there, it’s every feast day or celebration.

In order to be able to fully enjoy your event it’s important to be prepared though and to know what to do if you or someone else does get burnt and to know some basic first aid for burns and scalds.

    • First ensure you remove any loose clothing, don’t pull clothing that is stuck to the skin as it can pull off the delicate top layer of the skin.

 

    • Also if it’s their hand that has been injured try to remove any jewellery in case there is any swelling, if this isn’t possible without going over the burn then leave it until you get to your local hospital.

 

    • Then you need to cool the affected area.  The best way to cool a burn is under a running tap for at least 10 minutes for a heat burn or 20 minutes if there is any kind of chemical burn.  Cooling does lots of things, it reduces pain because it stops air contact with the damaged nerve endings and it reduces further damage being caused as it reduces the skin temperature, it also begins the process of cleaning the skin.

 

    • Once cooled if there is any blistering, especially if it is over a joint then it’s a good idea to be seen in your local walk-in centre, minor injuries or emergency department.  If attending hospital please be aware that you are probably not the only person there with a burn and the departments are likely to be busy, please be patient.

 

    • It’s also a good idea to take some painkillers, something simple that you usually use is fine.

 

  • Whilst travelling to the hospital a good thing to cover a burn with is strips of cling film, lay it on the burn, don’t wrap it round like a bandage in case there is any swelling.

If you don’t think you need to be seen be aware that burns can easily get infected.  Therefore, if your burn blisters and the blister has broken keep it covered whilst it heals and watch for signs of infection, which are:-

  • Redness and inflammation beyond what you’d expect from a healing wound
  • Slow healing
  • Increasing pain
  • Oozing any type of fluid
  • Bleeding
  • Red lines travelling up the body away from the burn

I hope this advice is useful and that you have a fantastic Bonfire night.

Do you need First Aid training?

The treatment of burns is covered in much more detail on the First Aid courses that I organise.  If you would like more information about available courses please contact me.