Keep you and your children safe on Fireworks Night
Thursday 3rd November 2016
The best advice we can give is to attend an organised event rather than risking your safety by having your own bonfire or fireworks display.
However, if you are planning to use fireworks or organise a bonfire at home, please follow the guidelines below:
What to buy
There are different categories of fireworks. Members of the public can buy and set off most of the fireworks that come under Categories 1 to 3. These are fireworks that include those that you can use indoors, in your garden or at a display. Always read the packet carefully and make sure that the fireworks you buy are suitable for the place where you are going to set them off.
- always buy fireworks from a reputable shop; shops have to apply to the Fire Service for a licence to sell fireworks
- only buy fireworks marked BS7114 – this is the British Standard that all fireworks should meet
- follow the instructions on individual fireworks – read them in daylight or by torchlight, never by a naked flame
- make suitable supports and launchers if you’re setting off catherine wheels or rockets
Setting them off
Only one person should be in charge of fireworks. If that's you, then make sure you take all the necessary precautions. Read the instructions in daylight and don't drink any alcohol until they've all been discharged. Make your preparations in advance, and in daylight.
Things you will need on the night
- A torch.
- A bucket or two of water.
- Eye protection and gloves.
- A bucket of soft earth to put fireworks in.
- Suitable supports and launchers if you're setting off Catherine wheels or rockets.
Did you know that sparklers get five times hotter than cooking oil? Sparklers are not toys
- Supervise children with sparklers and never give them to a child under 5 years old
- Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves
- Put used sparklers hot end down into a bucket of water or sand
FIREWORK SAFETY CODE
- Ideally attend an organised display.
- Fireworks must not be sold to any person under the age of 18.
- Buy fireworks marked BS 7114 or CE.
- Keep fireworks in a closed metal box.
- Follow the instructions on each firework.
- Light them at arms length using a taper.
- Stand well back.
- Never go back to a lit firework.
- Never put fireworks in your pocket.
- Keep a bucket of water nearby if you are setting off fireworks in your garden.
- Never throw fireworks.
- Keep pets indoors.
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix and may lead to injury.
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