The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) has called for graphic warnings on fireworks packaging.
According to the association, the number of admissions in the UK’s accident and emergency department (A&E) due to firework injuries has doubled since 2010.
BAPRAS noted that mandatory graphic warnings will highlight the risks and dangers associated with firework misuse.
Fireworks are currently packaged in bold colours but warnings are found in small boxes on the item’s packaging.
BAPRAS president David Ward said: “We are extremely concerned about the continued misuse of fireworks, particularly by those under the age of 18.
“Although packaged in a jovial, toy-like fashion, people forget that, when using fireworks, they are handling explosives, which can cause extremely serious injuries that may require extensive reconstructive surgery.
“With many of our surgeons having to attend to these types of injuries each year, BAPRAS is calling on the government to make a common-sense change by legislating to ensure all firework packaging in the UK includes mandatory graphic warning notices, similar to those found on cigarette packaging.”
The Royal College of Surgeons and the British Society for Surgery of the Hand are also supporting mandatory warnings.
A YouGov research has found that nearly 70% of parents in Great Britain support this change in packaging.
BAPRAS noted that responsible marketing initiatives have been taken to warn people of the impact of gambling, alcohol, cigarettes and junk food.