YORKSHIRE Ambulance Service is urging people to stay safe this Bonfire Night.

Last year there were 66 burn or explosion-related incidents in Yorkshire requiring ambulance attendance over bonfire week, twice the number attended in the first week of October.

Paul Birkett-Wendes, executive director of operations at Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: “Our crews will treat a number of patients, children and adults, ranging from those with minor burns to those with more serious, life-threatening injuries.

“Fireworks are safe when used properly and accidents are avoidable. However, they can cause devastating injuries if safety precautions are not followed.

“We recommend that people attend a professionally-organised public display but if you are planning to host your own event, please make safety a priority.”

In the event of an accident with fireworks or fires they advise the following:

If the patient is alight, extinguish any flames by rolling them on the ground.

Use cold water (ideally cold running water) to cool the burnt area and reduce pain.

Do not remove burnt clothing which has stuck to the skin.

Do not use skin creams or oils. Seek urgent medical help if injuries are serious by calling 999. For minor injuries, visit a minor injuries unit or contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647.

Visit the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents Safer Fireworks website: www.saferfireworks.com