Watching fireworks can be great fun for children. But figures have shown that, more often than not, it’s children rather than adults who get hurt by fireworks.
DON’T FORGET THE FIREWORK CODE!
- THE BFA FIREWORK CODE;
* Always buy from a LICENCED retailer.
* Do not buy fireworks from UNLICENCED sellers on Facebook/Ebay/Gumtree/Amazon.
– These may not be safe.
* Only buy fireworks marked CE (BSEN 15947).
* Always keep fireworks in a closed box. Take them out one at a time and close the box.
* Never put fireworks in your pocket.
* Let your neighbours know you will be having a small display.
– You can use social media groups to get that message across.
* Avoid setting fireworks off late at night, particularly if it is a school-night.
* Do not set fireworks off in the street or other public places; it is against the law.
* Never throw fireworks; it is dangerous.
* Be considerate to your neighbours, especially if they have pets or small children.
* Keep pets indoors.
* Do not light fireworks under the influence of alcohol.
* Never fool around with fireworks.
* Light fireworks one at a time at arm’s length, at the end of the fuse, using a safety firework lighter or fuse wick.
* Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves, even when lighting them.
* Never give sparklers to a child under the age of 5.
* Ideally you should never go back to a lit firework. However,
– Some of the new CE fireworks do come with a dual fuse option.
– Please read and follow these instructions VERY carefully.
* Never throw spent fireworks on a bonfire.
STAY SAFE, BE CONSIDERATE, AND DON’T BECOME A NUISANCE.
Produced by the BFA, June 2016.
GIVING YOUR OWN DISPLAY
The HSE also have the publication “Giving your own firework display” as a pdf to download.
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