Follow these few simple tips for a safer bonfire night
The majority of firework-related injuries happen at family or private parties.
Around half of all injuries are to children under the age of 17.
Only buy fireworks that comply with British Standard 7114 or its European equivalent.
Always keep a bucket of water or a hose ready for emergencies
Don’t go near a fire work once it has been lit
Don’t go near a firework even after it has gone off
Don’t use sparklers without wearing gloves
Don’t give sparklers to under 5’s
Don’t drink alcohol if you are responsible for lighting fireworks
Don’t put fireworks in your pocket
Don’t throw fireworks
Keep fireworks in a closed box
Follow the instructions on each firework
Direct fireworks away from spectators
Light fireworks at arm's length
Stand well back from the fireworks
Stand well back from the bonfire
Supervise children around fireworks
Keep pets indoors
Find some where nice and open, away from other people and objects
Remember to wear gloves
Light the sparkler while the child or person is holding the base of the stick
Only light one at a time
Hold the sparkler horizontally and as far away from the face and body as possible
Once you have finished with the sparkler place it slowly in a bucket filled with cold water
Never touch the end of a sparkler even long after it has gone out
Keep warm, it’s pretty chilly in November when you are standing around in the cold. Remember Coats, Hats and gloves especially for little ones.