Despite the warnings in the run up to bonfire night and the festive season, firework celebrations are still ending in painful injuries for too many people, including very young children.
Yet, fireworks can be great fun, not just around November 5, but also for lots of other year end celebrations.
Injury figures support the advice that the safest place to enjoy fireworks is at a large public display but, if you’re planning a firework party at home, you can make the occasion fun and safe for everyone by following the Firework Code, as well as some sparkler and bonfire safety tips too.
First things first, only adults should be involved with setting up firework displays, the lighting of fireworks and the safe disposal of fireworks once they have been used. Children and young people should be supervised, and watching and enjoying fireworks at a safe distance.
Follow these top 10 tips for a safer fireworks party:
- Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable, and ensure it finishes before 11pm.
- Only buy fireworks which carry the CE mark, keep them in a closed box and use them one at a time.
- Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary.
- Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back.
- Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks.
- Never return to a firework once it has been lit.
- Don't put fireworks in pockets and never throw them.
- Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators.
- Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire.
- Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving.
Have fun but stay safe this bonfire night and festive season.