Every 5th November, or the weekend closest to it, organised fireworks displays are laid on up and down the country. We celebrate the story of Guy Fawkes on this date, but fireworks can also come out for other occasions. For example, weddings and other celebrations often involve fireworks displays — just think of New Year’s Eve.
While the vast majority of people will attend such displays and have a great time, there are occasions where things can potentially go wrong. Thankfully these occasions are very rare, but here at Accident Advice Helpline we have had people make claims concerning injuries following accidents at fireworks displays.
What might go wrong?
Fireworks, by their very nature, can’t be tested before they are lit. This means that while the vast majority work perfectly, some won’t. If one explodes when it should not do so, it could potentially put the crowd at risk. This is one of the main reasons why organisers must do a proper risk assessment so that they know where the crowd should be in relation to the display. This way, if anything did go wrong there would be little chance of anyone being injured.
Unfortunately, there have been cases where people have sometimes sustained injuries because they were allowed to get too close to the display. Our experts have assessed strong claims that resulted from a situation like this, and often negligence on the part of the organisers can be found to have been the cause.
How safe are the majority of displays?
The good news is that most people will never be injured at an organised display. Generally speaking, they are far more safe than organising a small display of your own at home. As such, it is much easier to ensure that you get a bigger and better display with a greater degree of safety if you go to one that has been properly organised.
Of course, if you have been unfortunate and been injured by a firework at a proper display, you should call Accident Advice Helpline. Our experts are on hand to determine whether the injury could have been prevented and was down to negligence on the part of the organisers. Call us on 0800 689 0500 – completely free – to learn whether this might be the case. If it is, compensation could be coming to you in the very near future.
Date Published: May 12, 2015
Author: David Brown