THE mother of a teenager who suffered full thickness burns in
the run up to Bonfire Night says she doesn't want anyone else to
end up with similar injuries.
She is now urging people to back the Treacle Campaign, which is
designed to prevent, tackle and protect against antisocial
behaviour, criminal damage and reducing incidents and injuries
during the Hallowe'en and Bonfire period.
It comes after firefighters were called to a dirt track in the
Carrbrook area of Stalybridge at 8.17pm on Monday, October 21,
following reports that a 13-year-old boy had been burned by the
embers of a bonfire.
The boy's mother said: "My son's been in agony and is having to
see specialist doctors and plastic surgeons in the burns unit at
Manchester Children's Hospital.
"I wouldn't want any other people to suffer like my son or for
any parent to go through the worry and anguish I'm going
"It makes me sick that this has happened, he is having to get
his burns dressed and scrubbed every other day - he's in so much
"Please - I don't want anyone else to get hurt, like the fire
service say, organised bonfires are the best way to stay safe and
enjoy this time of year."
Partner agencies involved in Treacle include Greater Manchester
Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS), Greater Manchester Police, 10
local authorities, Trading Standards, Transport for Greater
Manchester and the Health and Safety Executive.
The 13-year-old suffered full thickness burns to his bottom and
more burns to his hands after falling onto the embers of a small
As part of the Treacle Campaign GMFRS are running a firework
amnesty. People wishing to dispose of fireworks safely should call
0800 555 815, so the Service can collect and safely destroy
Assistant County Fire Officer and Director of Prevention, Peter
O'Reilly said: "As Bonfire Night approaches we want everyone to
enjoy it safely.
"It's hoped our fireworks amnesty will reassure people and help
avoid and drive down firework related accidents.
"By getting in touch with us on a freephone 0800 number, we will
come and collect any fireworks you are concerned or worried about
and dispose of them safely.
"Of course we would urge anyone who wants to celebrate to only
attend organised firework and bonfire displays, because that's the
safest way to enjoy festivities."
In addition, GMFRS has released a video on the Manchester Fire
YouTube Channel to show what happens if you play with
It comes after a 10-year-old boy was badly burned by an illegal
Onion Bomb firework in Salford last year. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-ApuutGLss
To find more information about Treacle, and, if you're under 16
for your chance to win an iPad go to www.safe4autumn.com