Firework displays are beautiful to watch and participating can be a lot of family fun. However, every year hundreds of accidents occur relating to fireworks and many of the injured are usually children and young adults.
The ROSPA reports that only adults should deal with the setup of firework displays and that children and young people should only watch from safe distance. Pets often get frightened by fireworks so it is important they get looked after too. You could help them by keeping them indoors and by closing the curtains.
Firework safety tips
- Plan and prepare your fireworks ahead of time to ensure safety
- Store the fireworks in a closed box and in an environment inaccessible to children
- Only use one firework at a time
- Follow instructions carefully on each firework
- Put the firework at arm’s length before lighting using a taper
- Stay away from naked flames including cigarettes when handling fireworks
- Never put fireworks in your pockets
- Do not use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire
- Before leaving, ensure that the fire is completely out and the surrounding area is safe
Sparkler safety tips
- Do not give sparklers to children under the age of 5
- The handler should wear gloves
- Hold the sparkler at arm’s length
- When the sparkler goes out, put it in a bucket of cold water to avoid burns/burning yourself
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