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Demand for NHS Burns Care Soars Over Bonfire Night and Diwali

Top doctors from the NHS and St John Ambulance have teamed up to urge revellers to stay safe during Guy Fawkes Night and Diwali celebrations, as new figures reveal thousands end up in hospital each year due to firework and bonfire injuries.

According to figures from NHS Digital, there were almost 2,000 occasions of people going to A&E linked to fireworks in 2018/19.

Over the bonfire night and Diwali period in 2018, more than 35,000 people sought advice from the website on how to treat burns and scalds, a significant jump on usual numbers. This peaked at over 2,800 visits on Sunday 4 November, compared to the daily average of 1,800 visits throughout the rest of the year.

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