BAPRAS urges caution regarding firework displays at home

26th October 2020


With over a third of UK households considering holding fireworks displays at home this year after public displays were cancelled due to the COVID pandemic, we urge the public not to set off their own fireworks to reduce the risk of serious injury.

At a time when the NHS is expecting to be reaching capacity due to Covid-19, plastic, hand and burns surgeons are urging the public not to set off their own fireworks to reduce the risk of serious injuries, typically to the face and hands, which can require extensive reconstructive surgery and have a significant impact on function and form.

Click here to watch BAPRAS members from all corners of the UK warn against the use of fireworks in the run-up to bonfire night while the NHS is under immense pressure dealing with COVID.

BAPRAS President Mark Henley commented:

“Every November, plastic surgeons across the UK witness serious injuries caused by fireworks, with many patients requiring multiple rounds of complex reconstructive surgery. With the NHS stretched to capacity due to COVID-19 and a huge backlog for surgical procedures, we simply cannot afford for an increase in preventable injuries and urge people to think twice before purchasing fireworks for personal use.”

View our press release in collaboration with The British Society for Surgery of the Hand and The British Burn Association in full here


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