In spite of firework safety rules, regulations and warnings, emergency services regularly report an increase in often severe personal injuries following New Year’s Eve celebrations involving fireworks. Even spectators at organised events are not entirely safe from the risk of sustaining accidental injuries.
Avoiding injuries during New Year’s Eve fireworks
While responsible organisers will do their utmost to prevent spectators sustaining firework-related injuries, spectators also have a duty to prevent injuries not only to themselves, but to others. Here are a few tips on how spectators can help to prevent accidents:
- Keep your distance. Many injuries by fireworks are caused by spectators getting too close to public New Year’s Eve firework displays. The minimum recommended distance is 500 feet.
- Never touch unexploded fireworks. Should you encounter one, immediately report it to an attending steward or the fire service.
- Behave responsibly at all times.
The sparks and burning ends of sparklers can reach temperatures of up to 1,600 degrees C (3,000 degrees F). Temperatures like these can cause severe burn injuries. It is therefore, vital to:
- Keep sparklers and other fireworks well away from young children.
- Ensure children old enough to hold sparklers never touch the burning end, even after the sparkler has finished burning.
- Spent sparklers are safely disposed of in provided water buckets to prevent children from picking them up at the hot end.
Sadly, some spectators may be drunk and behaving irresponsibly. To remain safe, it is best to stay clear of groups of drunken revellers and, if necessary, report them to stewards or security personnel.
Rain, snow and ice can also present New Year’s Eve firework spectators with the risk of getting injured by slips, trips and falls. Branches and other debris littering pathways as a result of high winds can also cause trips and falls. Prevent injuries by slipping, falling or tripping in the park by carefully watching your step and avoiding muddy, littered or icy areas.
If you had a slip, trip or fall or were injured by a firework and someone else was responsible for your injury, you could be eligible to make a claim for personal injury compensation. Accident Advice Helpline advisors can help you to quickly determine your eligibility to claim. Our freephone helpline 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 for mobiles, is open 24/7, so call us now to get your compensation claim started.
Date Published: December 3, 2015
Author: David Brown