Bonfire Night Safety Tips

Bonfire Night Safety

Firework night is a great time to enjoy fireworks, sparklers and a bonfire party with family and friends. However it’s also a time of year where people can get serious injuries. Read our safety guide and make sure your family and friends are safe while having a good time.

Firework Facts-

  • Fireworks can travel at a speed of 150mph, the same speed as some aeroplanes and supercars!!

 

  • Three sparklers burning together will have the same heat as a blowtorch used to join metal.

 

  • It is illegal to sell fireworks to anyone under the age of 18.

 

  • Throwing a firework is a criminal offence and you can be fined up to £5000 for doing so.

 

  • In recent years there has been up to 990 injuries caused by fireworks in October and November.

 

Firework Safety 

 

  • Only buy fireworks that carry the CE mark.

 

  • Light the firework at arm’s length with a taper and stand well back.

 

  • Never return to a firework once it’s lit.

 

  • Direct any rocket fireworks away from people and buildings.

 

  • Make sure to read all the instructions provided with the fireworks and follow them correctly.

 

  • Keep fireworks away from naked flames.

 

Sparkler Safety

 

  • Never give a sparkler to a person under 5

 

  • Always hold sparklers at arm’s length while they are being lit.

 

  • Only hold one sparkler at a time.

 

  • Do not wave sparklers close to other people.

 

  • Do not hold a baby and hold a sparkler at the same time.

 

  • Always hold a sparkler horizontally and away from your face.

 

  • Always wear gloves when handling sparklers, to protect your hands.

 

  • When the sparkler goes out, be sure to put it in a bucket of cold water.

 

 

Bonfire Safety

 

  • Appoint one person in charge of the bonfire.

 

  • Children should be supervised at all times.

 

  • Never pour petrol or paraffin onto a bonfire- it’s safer to use fire lighters.

 

  • Keep a bucket of water close by in case on an accident or emergency.

 

  • Make sure to tie back long hair and not wear loose clothing.

 

  • Choose a site away from wooden fences and sheds.

 

 

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