Take care with fire and fire­works

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

As Bon­fire Night ap­proaches, warn­ings have been is­sued re­gard­ing health and safety as well as the wel­fare of an­i­mals at this time of year.

Dr Laura Ryan, med­i­cal di­rec­tor at NHS 24, said: ‘Fire­works can be a spec­tac­u­lar sight, but I must stress that they have the abil­ity to cause se­ri­ous in­jury if not used cor­rectly.

‘I would urge peo­ple to at­tend an or­gan­ised dis­play, rather than hav­ing their own event. How­ever, if a party is be­ing held at home, it’s im­por­tant that peo­ple know how to treat any in­juries.

‘De­pend­ing on how se­ri­ous a burn is, it may be pos­si­ble to treat it at home. For mi­nor burns, keep the burn clean and don’t burst any blis­ters that form. Burns that are more se­ri­ous will re­quire pro­fes­sional med­i­cal at­ten­tion.

‘You should go to a hos­pi­tal A&E depart­ment if the burns are large or deep, they have caused the skin to be white and charred or if any of the burns are on the face, hands, arms, feet, legs or gen­i­tals that cause blis­ters.’

High­lands and Is­lands re­gional MSP Rhoda Grant ap­pealed for the pub­lic to be mind­ful that fire­works can be very stress­ful to peo­ple and pets.

‘All I want to do is re­mind folk that loud bangs not only scare the el­derly, house­bound and frail, but ab­so­lutely ter­rify an­i­mals, be they do­mes­tic pets or wild an­i­mals and cause all sorts of in­juries and can even cause death,’ said Mrs Grant.

Fire­works must not be set off near live­stock or horses in fields, or close to build­ings that house live­stock. The of­fence car­ries po­ten­tially hefty fines and may even re­sult in prison.

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