Celebrating SafelyCelebrate The Safe Way

Did you know that the majority of accidents which occur over the bonfire period happen at private parties and that each year, over half of all firework injuries are suffered by children?

This is why we always recommend that the safest way to celebrate is by attending an organized display! They have safety measures in place - such as stewards & marshalling of the event - so you have less chance of getting injured and the fireworks are more than likely better than any you would get at home.

If you are planning your own private party;

  • Warn your neighbours beforehand
  • If you're having a bonfire, only burn dry material
  • Build a bonfire well away from buildings, sheds, trees & ensure it's clear from any cables above.
  • Never leave a bonfire unattended on't drink alcohol if setting off fireworks
  • Never go near a firework that has been lit
  • Always supervise children when fireworks are being lit
  • Never give sparklers to a child under 5
  • Keep pets indoors
  • Don't set off fireworks after 11pm (except for Bonfire Night, when the cut off is midnight and New Year's Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, when the cut off is 1am).
  • Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before ending & leaving your display.

Remember, remember;

Fireworks are designed to explode, so even if it hasn't gone off, it could still explode and cause injuries.
More injuries are caused by Sparklers each year than any other firework - they burn at a temperature 15 times hotter than boiling water & regular gloves will not protect your hand if you touch one (you would need to wear special gloves the same as firefighters wear).