05 November 2018

Remember, remember: Our fireworks safety advice


In the UK, the 5th of November is commonly associated with the history of Guy Fawkes, local bonfires and elaborate firework displays. However, the night is also infamous for witnessing a spike in often-avoidable injuries. According to NHS statistics, NHS A&E services attended 4,436 firework injuries in 2017/18.

So whether you're hosting your own fireworks party in the garden, or attending a public display; to be on the safe side, we've compiled a list of 'top tips' on how to minimise risk in the presence of fireworks...

What to buy

There are all different kinds of fireworks, and each type falls into a different category. Members of the public can buy and set off most of the fireworks that come under Categories 1 to 3.  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.

Where to buy

Always buy fireworks from a reputable shop to make sure that they conform to British Standards. This means that they should have BS 7114 written on the box. 

Definitely don’t buy fireworks from the back of a van or from a temporary, unlicensed market stall.

Sparkler safely

Did you know? Three sparklers burning simultaneously produce the same heat as a blowtorch.

They are not toys and should never be given to a child under the age of five. Never run with sparklers. 

Never throw fireworks (including sparklers). 

It is illegal to do so (you could be fined up to £5000).

Stand well back from fireworks, away from the direction it’s facing. 

Safe spectator distances are usually recommended on the fireworks. If you're at a public display, stay in the recommended areas as instructed by safety attendants. 

When possible, attend public displays 

We'd recommend leaving it to the professionals. You'll be further away from the most dangerous parts of the night, Why not relax and enjoy the spectacle?

Put it out!

Always pour water on the embers before leaving the bonfire at the end of the bonfire party. Put sparklers into a bucket of sand or water after use.

And finally, enjoy your evening!

Like everything, fireworks involve an element of risk. However, by following the above tips, you can enjoy the holiday responsibly. 

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