Remember, remember 5 November – but the truth is, bonfire and firework safety doesn't just apply at this time of year!
Be a bright spark:
It can be a tricky choice to know which fireworks to buy, from catherine wheels, sparklers, firecrackers to roman candles there's so much choice – but the only criteria on your list should be that the fireworks you buy have a British Standard Kitemark BS7114 on them. This basically means that they are legally safe and meet all of the regulations by law to be set off.
If you buy fireworks which do not have this marking on them, you should never set them off, and instead should immediately report this to Trading Standards who will take the matter further.
Having your own display at home can be fun, but here are four reasons why it's a good idea to go to an organised display:
- There are safe places to spectate which have been risk assessed by professionals.
- Fireworks are set off by trained people.
- Organised events have procedures in place should there be an emergency.
- They are more spectacular.
Top firework safety tips:
- Keep all fireworks and bonfires away from houses, sheds, fences and trees as bonfires can spread easily.
- Always keep a bucket of water handy to dispose of sparklers.
- Never give sparklers to children under the age of five-years-old, and make sure you wear gloves when using them.
- Keep all pets inside and away from bonfires and fireworks.
- Only adults should set off fireworks, so keep out of reach from children at all times.
- Never go back to a firework after it has been lit, even if it hasn't gone off, there is still a danger that it will.