One of the most important reasons to discuss firework safety is the simple fact that fireworks are explosives! Under controlled conditions, they can be fun for all the family so we thought we would come up with some top tips so that you and your family can enjoy fireworks night with ultimate peace of mind!
Fireworks are exceptionally dangerous and the UK Government have a number of laws and regulations in place that are designed primarily to keep people safe at all times. This has resulted in a fine of £5000 being imposed for individuals that misuse fireworks and you could even receive a criminal record or a spell in prison.
First of all, if you are planning to light a bonfire we have a few things that you need to know. Bonfires must be 18 metres away from any building and they can’t exceed a height of 2.5 metres. It is also illegal to light and set off a firework between the hours of 11pm-7am. Additionally, it is illegal to tamper with fireworks in any way and a minor (under the age of 18) should never be sold a firework or have one in a public place.
The above are all factors that could land you in trouble with the law but we have also compiled a number of handy tips to ensure you have good firework safety standards:
Firework Safety Tips
- Sparklers – Sparklers are loads of fun but to ensure maximum safety only light one at a time and always wear gloves. This may seem like common sense but you would be surprised at how many people don’t even think on wearing gloves when they light sparklers.
- Kids & Sparklers – Sparklers can be good options to keep the kids entertained and they are safe enough for children but in general, the child should be over 5 years old before they handle them on their own.
- Fireworks Storage – Another one that may just seem like common sense. Always store your fireworks out of the reach of children and keep the box closed and secure at all times. Simple stuff.
- Following Instructions – Don’t just assume that all fireworks are the same. Some have more complex lighting instructions than others and some require you to hold them in a specific way before igniting them. Always read the instructions!
- Stand Well Back – This is self-explanatory and never ever go back to a lit firework. Another thing we have seen over the years is people throwing fireworks or keeping them in their pockets. This is just asking to be injured so don’t do it folks!
- Pets – A lot of pets will be scared of the loud bangs and bright colours of fireworks so it is best to just keep them indoors until you have finished launching your display. Easy stuff!
There we have it! There are plenty of things to consider when setting up your bonfire or fireworks display. Just follow these tips for ultimate firework safety and we hope everyone has a great evening!