The BBA and British plastic and reconstructive surgeons urge caution as over one third of households consider home fireworks displays due to COVID restrictions

Professor Kayvan Shokrollahi, Deputy Chair of the British Burn Association commented:

We wish to highlight that the pandemic presents a potential double-whammy: an increase in use of garden fireworks due to a lack of organised firework displays and a health service under unprecedented strain. My advice to the general public is to be extra cautious this year for bonfire night, Diwali and New Year celebrations.

Most injuries are caused by incorrect firework use, handling of fireworks, and use of petrol or other accelerants to light bonfires. Along with burns, explosive eye and hand injuries are especially common.  Furthermore, alcohol consumption and fireworks can be a lethal combination, so please act responsibly!”

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