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Firework Safety

Thursday 4th November 2021

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. There is no substitute for good adult supervision when it comes to firework safety.

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 (and remember, alcohol and fireworks don’t mix!). Children and young people should be supervised, and watch and enjoy fireworks at a safe distance. Follow these top 10 tips for a safer fireworks party:

  1. Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable
  2. Only buy fireworks which carry the BS 7114 and CE or UKCA marks, keep them in a closed box, and use them one at a time
  3. Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary
  4. Light the firework at arm’s length with a taper and stand well back
  5. Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks
  6. Never return to a firework once it has been lit
  7. Don’t put fireworks in pockets and never throw them
  8. Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators
  9. Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire
  10. Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving.

Safety messages

  • Fireworks are exciting, but they can be very dangerous and can hurt you. Listen to your grown-up about where is a safe place to stand.
  • Never touch a firework. Don’t pick up a firework after it has been used.
  • Wear your gloves when you hold your sparkler and keep it away from your body.
  • It’s not a good idea to hold more than one sparkler at once.
  • Keep your sparkly sparkler safely away from other people and don’t run around with it.
  • Don’t throw your sparkler in case it hits someone.
  • Once your sparkler is finished, put it into a bucket of water, don’t pick it back up. It stays hot for a long time and can burn you.
  • Leave your dressing up clothes at home on fireworks night, wrap up warm instead.
  • Stand well away from the bonfire and stay close to the grown-ups.
  • Don’t be tempted to throw things into the bonfire or poke at it with sticks.
  • If you’re going to a firework display, hold hands with your grown-up and stay with them all the time.
  • If you catch your clothes on a flame, don’t panic – STOP, DROP and ROLL:
  • STOP what you are doing.
  • DROP to the ground and cover your face with your hands.
  • ROLL over and over to put out the flames.
  • Practice your STOP, DROP and ROLL before your fireworks celebrations.

Fireworks buying guide

Fireworks are split into four different categories:

  • Category 1 are indoor fireworks.
  • Category 2 fireworks are suited to average-sized family back gardens.
  • Category 3 fireworks need a minimum safety distance of 25 metres – far bigger than the average family back garden! While non-professionals can buy them, category 3 fireworks are really designed for large displays.
  • Category 4 are for professional use only.

All fireworks should be tested against safety standards to make sure they are not dangerous. Do not assume that, just because someone can sell you something, it must be safe!

Only buy fireworks marked with safety standards (BS 7114).

 

 

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