Every year, its paramedics are called to deal with firework-related injuries. Some can be life-threatening.
The service has issued safety advice in a bid to reduce the number of people affected.
Dr David Macklin, executive director of operations, said: “Over the next few days our staff will treat a number of patients, children and adults, ranging from those with minor burns to those with more serious, life-threatening injuries.
“When used properly fireworks are safe and accidents are avoidable, but they can cause devastating injuries if safety precautions are not followed.
“We strongly recommend that people attend a professionally-organised public display.
“But if you are planning to host your own event, please make safety your main priority to ensure everyone has a good time without getting hurt.”
It has penned a list of dos and don’ts when dealing with bonfire or firework accidents:
- DO: Act quickly
- DO: If the patient is alight, extinguish any flames by rolling them on the ground
- DO: Use cold water to cool the burned area and reduce pain
- DO: Seek urgent medical help if injuries are serious by calling 999
- DO: Call visit a minor injuries unit or call NHS 11 if injuries are minor
- DON’T: Use skin creams or oils
- DON’T: Remove burned clothing which has stuck to the skin
For more information on firework safety, visit www.saferfireworks.com