Are you thinking of having a party? In addition to the food, drink and music, there are sometimes fireworks at parties, especially if it’s a special occasion. New Year’s Eve often features them – and of course, there is 5th November, also known as Guy Fawkes Night or Bonfire Night.
Don’t end up injured
With bonfires and fireworks, there is always the risk of injury. Even sparklers, which are often given to children, are dangerous, and precautions should always be taken when planning a party involving a fire or fireworks.
If you go to an event and you are injured, you could claim compensation through an accident solicitor in Tower Hamlets. But if you’re in charge of the event, you’re the one who needs to worry about the prospect of a claim being made against you.
Firework safety: the basics
Here are some tips to make sure your party goes with a bang – and no injuries!
1) Keep the fireworks box closed, unless you’re taking one out. That’s the only time it should be opened – and make sure you take out one at a time.
2) Read and follow the instructions on each firework. They’re there for a reason – and that’s to make sure you and everyone else doesn’t get hurt.
3) When lighting a firework, stand well back and light it at arm’s length, preferably with a taper.
4) Don’t have any naked flames or cigarettes near a firework. If you smoke while handling fireworks, you’re putting yourself at severe risk – completely unnecessarily.
5) Handle fireworks safely. Never throw them, don’t put them in your pocket, and don’t light them in your hand.
There’s more information about firework safety on the RoSPA website, and you’re strongly urged to read it before you think about buying fireworks.
Organised events are the best bet
The most sensible thing to do if you want to see some fireworks is to attend an organised event. Such an event will be the product of much planning, which involves risk assessments being made, safety measures being put in place, and the attendance of qualified First Aiders.
But there’s always the possibility of getting injured even at one of these events, so you should be aware that you could be eligible to claim compensation through an accident solicitor in Tower Hamlets if that’s the case.
Contacting an accident solicitor in Tower Hamlets
You can find a ‘no win, no fee*’ solicitor by calling Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. When you call, an adviser will take you through everything involved in making a claim, and you can ask any questions you like – all our advisers are professional and friendly, so you’ll be treated with empathy and sensitivity.
If you prefer, you can text “claim365” to 88010 and someone will call you back. Whichever way you get in touch with us, we hope you do, because we want to help you with your claim.
Date Published: 27th October 2014
Author: David Brown