When hosting any event that may contain a fireworks display, it is imperative to observe proper safety protocol. If misused, fireworks can become a dangerous, even deadly, object. At Accident Advice Helpline we’re not just specialists in accident at work claims, we are as committed to promoting public safety as we are at pursuing compensation claims for those that have not been at fault, but have still been wronged. That’s why we publish these handy guides, to keep you safe and reduce the chances of injury. Here is Accident Advice Helpline’s guide to ensuring a safe firework event.
- Check what you are buying – Be sure to only buy approved fireworks carrying the BS7114 stamp. This will ensure that the fireworks conform to safety standards and reduce the chances of an accident.
- Storing your fireworks – Proper firework safety begins before the big event itself. Make sure fireworks are kept away from children in a locked metal box in a cool, shaded area to prevent any mishaps. Under no circumstances should you allow children to play with fireworks.
- Correct lighting technique – You should always use gloves and a taper to light fireworks at arm’s length. This will reduce the chances of serious burns in the event of a premature explosion. Remember to stand well back after igniting. If giving sparklers to children, ensure that they wear gloves when holding, as according to the HSE, sparklers are responsible for more injuries than any other type of firework.
- Never go towards a lit firework – If a firework fails to propel, do not be tempted to go near it and try to rectify it, as the firework may still potentially explode. It’s better to suffer a burnt garden, than serious burns to your body.
- Keep all pets indoors – Pets can be easily spooked by the flashes of and loud bangs of exploding fireworks. It’s important to keep them inside in order to reduce the amount of stress that they feel during a firework display. Some pets may not be frightened by the fireworks and may attempt to play with an unexploded firework. Keeping pets inside, ensures that this doesn’t happen.
If you’ve been injured at a fireworks display within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline for more information on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: February 26, 2014
Author: David Brown