10 things to remember
to make sure you have a safe time
1. STORE YOUR
FIREWORKS SAFELY - in a
closed box, somewhere cool and dry, out
of reach of children and animals, until
the time they are needed. Locked away is
best. Don't keep the box under the stairs
or in a passageway.
2. PETS HATE
BANGS AND FLASHES - and
get very frightened on fireworks night.
So keep all your pets indoors and close
all the curtains to make things calmer.
Remember, it's not just your own fireworks
that cause distress, so you may need to
have your pets indoors on several nights
when other displays are taking place.
AHEAD AND BE PREPARED -
Before you start, make sure you will be
giving yourself enough room in a safe place
to get to and from your box of fireworks
while the display is going on. Have a full
bucket of water handy for any emergency,
and for putting used sparklers into. If
you have the chance to get together with
some other families, try to go to the home
with the biggest garden and safest surroundings.
4. DO YOU
REALLY NEED A BONFIRE? -
It is much better to manage without one.
But if you insist make sure it is well away
from your house and any trees, hedges, fences
or sheds. Never use a flammable liquid like
petrol or paraffin to get one going. If
lighting your bonfire is difficult, use
only domestic firelighters to help.
Check very carefully that there is no animal
(or even a young child) hidden inside the
bonfire. Don't light it until after all
your fireworks have been let off. Keep everyone
a safe distance away, and don’ allow anyone
to throw anything onto it.
WHAT YOU WEAR - Loose clothing
(like shell suits) can very easily catch
alight and should never be worn near any
fire. Long dangly scarves can be risky too.
If anyone's clothing does catch fire, follow
STOP - don't run DROP - to the ground ROLL
OVER - to put out the flames
6. ONE AT
A TIME PLEASE - You (or
another adult that you choose) must be the
only person letting off fireworks. Don't
allow anyone else - especially children
- to do so while your display is going on.
Let the fireworks off one at a time (not
lots at once) and don't rush.
Light the tip of each firework at arm's
length, using a safety firework lighter
or fuse wick. Stand well back immediately.
If one doesn't go off - don't go back to
it - it could still be live, and could go
off unexpectedly in your face. Right at
the end of your firework night, douse the
'dud' with lots of water, then completely
bury it in the ground and cover it well.
Alternatively, keep it soaking in a bucket
of water and as your Fire Brigade for advice
as soon as possible.
Never throw a firework onto a bonfire.
FIREWORKS MEAN DIFFERENT HAZARDS
- Read the instructions on each one carefully
(by torchlight, never with any sort of naked
flame) and follow them properly. Rockets,
for instance, should be launched from a
rocket launcher, not from a bottle.
Sparklers need careful handling - light
them one at a time at arm's length; don't
give one to any child under 5; make sure
that anyone holding a sparkler wears gloves;
and put each spent one into a bucket of
water as soon as it has gone out
8. NO FOOLING
- Putting a firework in a pocket is stupid
and dangerous. Throwing a firework is stupid
and dangerous and illegal; it is a criminal
offence to do so in a street or other public
place, with a maximum penalty of a ￡5000
AND BOOZE DON'T MIX - Drinking
alcohol presents an added danger when there
are fireworks and bonfires around. So keep
strict control of your guests' drinking
during the display. You could consider not
having any alcoholic drinks available until
after all your fireworks have been let off.
THAT CHILD - Keep children
well away from fireworks, and never let
a child handle or light one. Even sparklers
can be dangerous if unsupervised! Make sure
that children are aware of the dangers.