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3rd Jul, 2022

St John's Ambulance hands out first aid advise ahead of bonfire night celebrations

Sarah Mason 4th Nov, 2021

A FIRST aid charity is handing out basic first aid skills to Silhillians ahead of the Bonfire Night celebrations.

St John’s Ambulance is handing out the advise as it believes more private parties are likely to take place this year as some of the large-scale displays remain closed due to Covid restrictions.

With the absence of trained volunteers on hand to help, the charity is encouraging the public to be aware of fire-related first aid techniques in the event of an accident.

Dr Lynn Thomas, St John’s medical director, said: “Bonfire Night parties should be great fun and we want everyone to be able to enjoy their evening and the displays.

“Unfortunately, accidents can sometimes happen and, while our highly trained volunteers will be present at public events, people hosting their own parties would benefit from having a few simple first aid techniques to hand.

“For serious incidents we would always recommend dialling 999 but many minor issues can be easily dealt with at home.”

St John’s Ambulance has offered the following advise.

If someone’s got a burn or scald:

* Move the person away from the heat

* Place the burn or scald under cool or lukewarm running water for 20 minutes minimum

* If the burn is to a child, larger than your hand, on the face, hands or feet, or is a deep burn, call 999

* Remove jewellery and clothing around the area, unless stuck to the burn

* Cover the burn loosely, lengthways with kitchen film wrap to help prevent infection and keep it clean

* Don’t burst blisters

* Monitor and treat for shock if necessary

* Tell them to seek medical advice. This is essential for all severe burns and also for minor burns in children or if you are concerned about someone’s condition

If someone’s got something in their eye:

*Tell them not to rub it

* Pour clean water over their eye

* If this doesn’t work, try to lift the debris out with a damp corner of a clean tissue

* If this doesn’t work cover it with a clean dressing or non-fluffy material then call 111 and find the most appropriate hospital to take them to

If someone’s inhaled smoke fumes:

* Move them away from the smoke

* Help them sit down in a comfortable position and loosen any tight clothing around their neck

* If they don’t recover quickly, call 999 for an ambulance.

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