Fireworks: many people love to see them, so it’s no wonder that they’re very popular at parties throughout the UK, and not just on 5th November, either. There are other events that are traditionally associated with them, such as New Year’s Eve – and where better to enjoy a gathering with family and friends than at home?
Organised event or not?
If fireworks are what you’re looking for, it’s always best to go to an organised event. These are always planned, with risk assessments carried out beforehand, safety measures put in place, and First Aiders available on site. The local Fire Brigade will be aware of the event, too.
But if you’re planning to have some fireworks at home, you need to make sure you avoid injury – and subsequently having to find experienced accident solicitors in Tunbridge Wells. You don’t want anyone to have to claim against you because they got injured, either.
Tips for the safe use of fireworks
Follow these tips and you should minimise the risk of any accidents or injuries:
1) Plan your event. Make sure you have the fireworks display site well away from the people who will be watching it, and make sure you have a first aid kit located somewhere easily accessible.
2) Keep the fireworks in the box at all times, unless you’re taking one out – and take them out one at a time.
3) Don’t smoke or have any naked flames anywhere near the fireworks.
4) Read and follow the instructions that are on the firework you’re using.
5) When lighting a firework, do it at arm’s length. Stand well back and use a taper.
6) If you’ve lit a firework and it doesn’t appear to be working properly, don’t return to it. It might be faulty, yes – but that doesn’t mean it’s extinguished itself. It could just as easily go off in your face.
That’s not all
There is more information about firework safety available online, through RoSPA, and any experienced accident solicitors in Tunbridge Wells would advise you to read it thoroughly and think very carefully if you’re planning an event involving fireworks.
What if you need experienced accident solicitors in Tunbridge Wells?
Of course, even if you do go to an organised event, there’s always the risk of injury – not necessarily from the fireworks, either. You might end up with burns from bonfire debris, or some other injury that’s down to poor planning on the part of the organisers.
If this happens, you could be eligible to claim compensation through a ‘no win, no fee’ solicitor at Accident Advice Helpline – and you have just three years to make your claim, so it’s always better to start sooner rather than later.
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Date Published: 27th October 2014
Author: David Brown