With November the 5th just around the corner, we thought that now would be the perfect time to remind everyone about the importance of the Firework Safety Code.
Despite annual safety warnings, firework celebrations still end in painful injuries for too many people, including very young children.
Injury figures support the advice that the safest place to enjoy fireworks is at a large public display – far fewer people are injured here than at smaller family or private parties.
But if you’ll be having 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.
The Firework Code
Only adults should deal 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 watch and enjoy 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
- Keep fireworks 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.
Please Note – Whilst fireworks are very popular around November 5 (Bonfire Night/Guy Fawkes Night), this code applies throughout all times of the year including Diwali, New Year’s Eve and Chinese New Year.
For more information, please contact us on Tel. No. 0800 0856381.