Anyone planning to use fireworks over the New Year period is being reminded of their dangers and given advice on how to safely light and use them.
Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) is urging caution around the use of fireworks, especially during New Year’s Eve celebrations when alcohol may have been consumed.
Many people are still injured by fireworks and sparklers each year, so NFRS is sharing safety advice to help keep everyone safe as 2018 arrives.
Use fireworks with extreme care
Jo Gouldson, of the NFRS community safety team, said: “The safest place to watch fireworks remains a professionally organised display, but we recognise some people may want to welcome the New Year with fireworks at home.
“If you’re planning to let off fireworks yourself, following a few simple rules will help keep everyone safer. Only adults should deal with setting up, letting off or disposing of fireworks, and the person setting them off should not drink alcohol.
“However you celebrate New Year’s Eve, we want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable night.”
Fireworks and the law
Under the law, fireworks can be set off until 1am on New Year’s Day, and should not be set off between 1am and 7am.
Since July 2017 only CE-marked fireworks should be sold. Only buy fireworks from a reputable seller and check they carry this safety marking.
Pets should be kept indoors and telling neighbours that you are planning to use fireworks will enable them to keep their animals safe too. It is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to cause any unnecessary suffering to any captive or domestic animal. Don't set off fireworks near fields or buildings where horses, livestock or any other animals are kept.
Firework safety advice
More firework safety advice from RoSPA
- Only buy fireworks from a reputable retailer and check they are CE safety marked.
- Never go back to a lit firework – even if it hasn’t gone off it could still explode.
- Never throw fireworks or put them in your pocket.
- Don’t drink alcohol if you’re setting off fireworks.
- Read each firework’s instructions beforehand and follow them when setting them off, using a torch to read them – never a naked flame.
- Store fireworks in a closed box and take them out one at a time.
- Keep a bucket of water nearby.
- Light fireworks at arm’s length, using the taper provided.
- Make sure everyone stands well back and always supervise children.
- Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves. Never give sparklers to a child under five.
- Keep pets indoors and tell neighbours so they can do the same.
- Take care around any open flames – all clothing can catch fire, even items marked ‘low flammability’.