Are you having a fireworks display? Whether it’s Bonfire Night, New Year’s Eve, or some other occasion that calls for a bit of an extra “bang”, there’s nothing quite like a few rockets and maybe some sparklers.
But while pyrotechnics may be behind many smiles and laughs from your guests, they’re also behind many of the cases that an accident solicitor in West Oxfordshire will deal with on a regular basis.
Organised displays are best
If you want to enjoy some fireworks, the best bet is to attend an organised display. Here, there will have been risk assessments carried out, and the people in charge of the fireworks will know what they are doing. There are also likely to be people from St John Ambulance in attendance, and the local Fire Service will be aware of the event that is taking place.
If you really must have fireworks
It’s entirely up to you, of course, if you’d rather have a private fireworks display – but please make sure that you follow these tips on firework safety. They weren’t devised by an accident solicitor in West Oxfordshire at Accident Advice Helpline, although everyone here is in full agreement with them. They are, in fact, taken from RoSPA, a charity that certainly knows a thing or two about avoiding injury.
Staying safe when using pyrotechnics
1) Keep the fireworks box closed. Take each firework out carefully, and use them one at a time. Also make sure you keep the box well away from any naked flames.
2) Follow the instructions. Every firework should have instructions, and you need to make sure that you read and understand them before lighting it.
3) When you light a firework, do it at arm’s length and use a taper.
4) Don’t throw fireworks, or put them in your pocket – and certainly don’t go back to a firework once you’ve lit it, even if it appears not to be working. It might go off!
5) Direct the fireworks well away from people. You don’t want a rocket to take off towards anyone watching the display.
There are more guidelines about the safe use of fireworks available from RoSPA, and elsewhere, so please make sure you read them and put them into practice.
Do you need an accident solicitor in West Oxfordshire?
Doing all of the above things for your fireworks display is one thing, but you might have the misfortune to attend a badly organised display in which you get injured. The injuries you sustain could cause you great pain, meaning that you have to take time off work and cope with a lot of inconvenience – and financial trouble – while you recover.
If this has happened to you, call Accident Advice Helpline to make a claim through a ‘no win, no fee*’ accident solicitor in West Oxfordshire.
We can be reached on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, and you can talk to an adviser anytime, 24/7. If you’d prefer to have someone call you instead, just text “claim365” to 88010.
We look forward to helping you with your claim.