Fireworks are popularly used on Bonfire Night, New Year's Eve and for many other celebrations, but they can pose many dangers if mishandled or misused.
- fireworks cannot be purchased by anyone under the age of 18
- pets can be easily frightened by fireworks so they should be kept indoors whenever displays are likely to happen
Firework safety advice
- don't drink alcohol when setting off fireworks
- follow the manufacturer's instructions on each firework and read them by torchlight (never a naked flame)
- light fireworks at arm's length, using a safety firework lighter or fuse wick
- never go back to a firework once lit, put fireworks in your pocket or throw them
- keep a bucket of water handy
- used fireworks should be collected after the display with care (douse them with water and dispose of them properly in a metal container)
- wear a protective hat, gloves and eye protection, such as goggles
- if your clothing catches fire 'Stop, drop and roll'
Keeping safe when using sparklers
Sparklers are often viewed as a more harmless firework, but they still burn fiercely and they're not suitable for children under the age of five years old. In fact, experts say they can get six times as hot as a pan of cooking oil.
If you buy sparklers, store them in a closed box in a cool, dry place. They are fun to use at home, but not suitable to take to a public display as it's often too crowded to use them safely.
To enjoy sparklers safely:
- always wear gloves, preferably leather ones
- get children to hold the sparkler at arms' length whilst it's lit by an adult
- don't wave sparklers about near other people
- hold sparklers at arms' length
- don't run when using a sparkler
- don't hold a baby at the same time as holding a sparkler
- when the sparkler has gone out, put it into a basket of cold water
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