British top surgeons have called for fireworks to be sold in cigarette-style packaging with graphic images of life-changing burns and injuries.
The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) even said that stars should be sold in plain packaging with clearer warnings.
The president of BAPRAS claimed that serious fireworks injuries are similar to those in a & # 39; war zone & # 39 ;, blown apart, blinded and severely deformed.
But critics have taken the suggestion back and said it would be wrong for the government to suck out the pleasure of plastering them with gruesome pictures & # 39; s & # 39 ;.
The warning comes just a few days before Bonfire night, when tens of thousands of adults purchase their own fireworks for displays in their gardens.
Officials have been beaten because they have not entered the market, which is able to get away with selling fireworks that are on & # 39; toys & # 39; seems.
Around 2,000 people were rushed to A&E in 2018-2019 after a firework accident, figures from NHS show, of which 30 percent are children.
British surgeons have called for fireworks to be sold in cigarette-style packaging with a graphic image of burn wounds. A prototype is shown
President of BAPRAS said: & # 39; Although packaged like toys, these are serious explosives, and the kind of reconstructive surgery needed would not look out of place in a war zone & # 39;
The government has been beaten because it has been unable to penetrate the market, which is able to get away with selling fireworks that are on & # 39; toys & # 39; looks (photo)
Last week, doctors told the story of a 30-year-old man whose hand was split in two after a lit firework exploded before he could throw it at a party
BAPRAS, the British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH) and the British Burn Association (BBA) said that reconstructive surgery is both expensive and complex.
David Newington, president of BSSH, said: & # 39; Hand surgeons see devastating injuries caused by fireworks during the winter months, with people often losing large parts of their hand.
& # 39; Providing warnings on all fireworks packages would serve as a graphic reminder of the serious but avoidable damage that they can cause.
& # 39; Even asterisks – which are often considered safe – can pose a significant risk unless they are used with care because they burn at such a high temperature. & # 39;
BAPRAS has been running a campaign to change its packaging since November last year, but is still fighting for policy changes.
There has been a positive shift to responsible advertising for other products that are considered a health risk, such as junk food and cigarettes.
However, fireworks are still being sold in a clear, colorful package with warnings buried in small text inside them.
Mark Henley, president of BAPRAS, said: “Another year has now passed and the government has failed to take appropriate measures to reduce the number of children and young adults suffering life-altering injuries from misuse of fireworks.
& # 39; Although packaged as toys, these are serious explosives and the kind of reconstructive surgery that would be needed would not look out of place in a war zone. & # 39;
A total of 4,436 people attended A&E due to an injury caused by fireworks in 2017-2018, a figure that more than doubled from 2,141 in 2009-10.
However, only 1,936 people visited A&E last year due to injuries caused by fireworks, which BAPRAS thinks this is due to campaigns.
The Institute for Economic Affairs said that ordinary packaging is the wrong way to reduce injury rates. Pictured, packing fireworks
Northern Ireland introduced legislation in 2002 that requires a person to have a license to purchase fireworks. The number of injured fell dramatically by 72 percent in a year.
But Alastair Brown, plastic surgeon consultant at Ulster Hospital, Belfast, said there are still too many devastating life-changing injuries.
He said: & # 39; These can have profound consequences with regard to function and appearance and the associated psychological implications.
"Such injuries are preventable … The real dangers of inappropriate use must be emphasized to the public and this may include graphic warnings on the package."
However, the Institute for Economic Affairs said that ordinary packaging is the wrong way to reduce injury rates.
Christopher Snowdon, head of Lifestyle Economics at the IEA, said: “Fireworks injuries are a serious problem.
& # 39; But it is important to teach people how to use them safely instead of scaring them away from buying them at all.
& # 39; Ordinary packaging has made no difference to the sale of cigarettes and it is unlikely that it will make a difference to the sale of fireworks.
& # 39; Fireworks come with appropriate warnings and can only be sold to people 18 and older.
& # 39; Although accidents happen, the vast majority of the fireworks are used responsibly and it would be wrong for the government to suck the pleasure out of them by plastering them with gruesome photos. & # 39;
DARK MAN'S HAND SPLIT INTO TWO BY FIREWORKS
The hand of a drunk carpenter was torn in two after a lit firework exploded before he could throw it at a party.
The 30-year-old was rushed to A&E with a hand in two and a "degloved" middle finger, which means that the skin was completely torn off.
His ring and little finger were broken and his index finger was torn from the bowl during the explosion.
The huge cut had been infected by the time he reached the hospital, doctors revealed in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) Case Reports.
The man, who is thought to be British, must have sewn his right hand together again and was left with four fingers after the terrible accident.
Doctors fear that he may never be able to carve wood again. He is still struggling to bend his fingers to this day, four months after the explosion.
They hope that the anonymous case will serve as a grim reminder of the dangers of handling fireworks for Guy Fawkes Night in the UK on November 5.
The unidentified patient was brought to A&E with a hand in two and a "degloved" middle finger, which means that the skin was completely torn off.
The carpenter, who is believed to be British, must have sewn his right hand together again and was left with four fingers after the horrible accident (shown four months after the operation)
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