Stay Home and Stay Safe - Bonfire Night guidelines issued by Liverpool Walk In Centres

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, the leading community healthcare trust in Liverpool and Merseyside, is urging families everywhere to enjoy the sights and sounds of Thursday’s Bonfire Night – but to stay home and stay safe.  

Young children, especially those under five, are at greater risk of serious injury from burns because their skin is far more sensitive. As the national lockdown measures come into force, Liverpool’s Walk-In Centre staff have issued guidelines to the public about how to treat minor burns and injuries suffered on Bonfire Night from home:

They advise the following:

  • Cool the affected area with water for 10 to 30 minutes
  • Never use ice or greasy substances, such as butter
  • Cover the burn with a layer of cling film
  • If required take painkillers, such as paracetamol
  • If a blister forms, do not burst it.

Emma Farah, Clinical Nurse Manager at Smithdown Children’s NHS Walk-In Centre, said: 

”We want everyone to have fun and enjoy Bonfire Night this year, but also want to remind people of all ages to take good care as they celebrate and be vigilant in ensuring everyone stays safe.

“It’s especially important to encourage parents and children to remember that sparklers and fireworks are not toys. The injuries they can cause can be extremely painful, or even life-changing, so please do be cautious with them.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the public are advised to call 0300 100 1004 and book an appointment before attending our Walk-In Centres. If a burn is more serious, it may require immediate medical attention at an NHS Walk-In Centre or at an A&E Department. 

There are three NHS Walk-In Centres situated across the city which can offer on-the-spot treatment for any minor accidents or injuries including burns.

The city Walk-In Centre based at the Beat, 6 David Lewis St, Liverpool, L1 4AF, remains temporarily closed, but our other Walk-In Centres will remain operational from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week at the following sites:

  • Old Swan Walk-In Centre, Crystal Close, L13 2GA
  • Garston Walk-In Centre, at South Liverpool Treatment Centre, Church Road, L19 2LW
  • Smithdown children’s Walk-In Centre, Smithdown Road, L15 2LQ (aged under 16 years of age).

For more information about the walk in centres, visit the Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust website.