Ambulance service sees fall in number of Bonfire Night related calls

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East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EMAS) saw a reduction in the number of calls related to Bonfire Night this year.

In 2011 the service, which covers Northamptonshire, dealt with nine calls across the East Midlands.

This year there were seven calls relating to Bonfire Night, which were received between Saturday, November 3, and Monday, November 5.

Three of the calls received were related to burns and the remaining calls were for incidents where fireworks had either hit individuals or exploded in peoples’ hands or faces.

Dave Wright, an EMAS paramedic, said: “Attending an organised Bonfire Night remains the safest option for anyone who wants to enjoy a firework display.

“If you are using fireworks yourself always read the instructions carefully and stay sober.

“Fireworks and alcohol do not mix.”

Basic first aid can be used to help those suffering from burns.

Mr Wright added: “If someone’s clothing has set alight remember ‘stop, drop and roll’ – which means get that person onto the floor and roll them to extinguish the flames.

“Minor burns covering a small area of skin should initially be treated with clean cold water and further advice sought but in serious and life-threatening situations call 999.”