Firework Safety

The Law: 
 
Under 18s cannot purchase adult fireworks, this excludes party poppers and sparklers.
Fireworks can not be set off between 11pm and 7am except on November 5th and December 31st.
Fireworks cannot be set off or thrown in the street or other public places, this includes sparklers.
Fireworks and sparklers can only be purchased from registered sellers for your private use on certain dates. 
You can be fined up to £5,000 and/or imprisoned for 3 months for buying or using fireworks illegally. You could also get an immediate fine of £80.
 
Safety tips for children and families:
When Bonfire Night is upon you, make sure you have fun, but don't spoil the party with an accident. Please take a these sensible precautions:
 
Sparklers:
Sparklers are often seen as harmless but they do reach temperatures of up to 2,000°C and can easily cause injuries
Make sure that everyone holding a sparkler is wearing gloves
Do not give sparklers to very young children
Make sure that sparklers are held at arm's length when they are being lit
Make sure that other people are not standing too close to you when waving your sparkler
When the sparkler has gone out, put it into a bucket of cold water immediately. 

Bonfires
Children should be supervised at all times. One person should be responsible for the bonfire
Choose a site away from sheds, wooden fences, sheds and where children will be playing
Do not pour petrol onto a fire, use fire lighters in order to prevent flare-ups
Make sure your hair is tied back
Do not wear loose clothing
Keep a bucket of water near just in case it's needed
After the event, make sure you pour water on the fire, rather than leaving it to burn out
 
Firework Safety Code for Adults: 
 
Children and young people should enjoy and watch fireworks from a safe distance and follow safety rules for sparkler use. Only adults should deal with the lighting of fireworks and firework displays and should take care of the safe disposal of fireworks once they have been used.
 
Plan your firework display so that it is safe and enjoyable.
Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time.
Follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary.
Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back.
Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks.
Do not put fireworks in pockets and never throw them.
Never return to a firework once it has been lit.
Make sure any rocket fireworks are directed well away from spectators. 
Do not use petrol or paraffin on a bonfire.
Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are safe before leaving.
 
First Aid Tips for Burns:
If clothing is on fire, lie the person down wrapped in heavy material such as a coat or blanket (not made of nylon), roll them over and over to put the flames out
Do not use any kind of butter, cream, lotion or oil - this will not help and may make the burn worse
In all cases if the burn is severe – Seek medical attention immediately
For all burns on young children – Seek medical attention immediately
 
 
For information about safe firework displays and bonfires, download the file below from www.bonfire-night-safety.co.uk
 

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