There are only a few days to go until this year’s annual Bonfire night on the 5th of November, for many it will be a great evening of celebration, however accidents can happen, when we do them from our own homes and their consequences can be devastating. So here is our guide on how to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable evening:
• Preparation is key when organising your own fireworks display – from understanding safe distances, to make sure you light your fireworks in safe order
• Always keep fireworks in a closed box, preferably a metal box if possible
• Carefully read each instruction on each different firework before the event
• Always light fireworks at arms length
• Stand well back from fireworks, making sure that you create a fireworks zone and a spectator zone, it’s important not to forget about the fall out and debris from your fireworks. For garden fireworks you will generally need to leave a distance of between 5, 8 or 25 metres, depending on the classification.
• Never go back to a lit firework, even if it seems to have gone out
• Never transport the firework in your pocket
• Don't throw fireworks
• Always keep your pets in your home
• Always use BS 7114 fireworks from a reputable dealer
Sparklers can be dangerous if not handled properly:
• Sparklers are not suitable for children under 5
• Always make sure you supervise your children when holding a lit sparkler
• They must know that they must hold a sparkler at arms length, allowing plenty of space around them
• Make sure you have a water bucket handy, so that any spent sparklers can be put out safely.