Fireworks Code is designed to keep you safe, Not Sorry.
People for many centuries people have enjoyed, fireworks, This being public displays or their own. But accidents do tend to happen, and this is with anything at any time. When coming to use fireworks, It is wise to follow the fireworks code. This would ensure you have taken the appropriate actions to prevent an accident.
Follow the Fireworks Code.
Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114.
• Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks.
• Keep fireworks in a closed box.
• Follow the instructions on each firework.
• Light them at arm’s length, using a taper.
• Stand well back.
• Never go near a firework that has been lit. (Even if it hasn’t gone off, it could still explode.)
• Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them.
• Always supervise children around fireworks.
• Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves.
• Never give sparklers to a child under five.
• Keep pets indoors.
• Don’t let off fireworks after 11 pm.
Key Fireworks Code Safety Steps
When coming to Buy fireworks, Always look for BS 7114 Mark at the package of the firework or on the actual item itself. All firework retailers, No matter if they are a small 1 off shop or an all season shop, they will always sell Fireworks with this mark.
Parties are the best way to celebrate anything, we all love a drink. But the majority of us, tend to do silly things, thinking it’s funny, and then it turns out your in A&E for burns that can leave you scarred for life. So if you wish for a safer Bonfire night set all your fireworks off before you drink any type of alcohol.
Keeping your fireworks in a closed box, will help prevent any lit fireworks, Strays/misfire shells hitting your fireworks. It is also wise to keep the box in a safe area away from the heat from the bonfire and if any flame sparks.
Each firework has its own instruction, For example. For a barrage/cake, would need to be stacked down, this is to prevent it from tipping over when it is firing. For rockets, They need to be able to lift from a loose tube, that can be provided with the package. This is why it is good to Follow the instructions on each firework.
Lighting fireworks at arms length using portfires, This should prevent burns to your fingers/hand. If you can it is wise to buy a small Launch kit, and would ensure extra safety when setting off fireworks.
Always remember to stand well back, Just in case the firework doesn’t lit properly or it doesn’t operate correctly. This would lead to Never go near a firework that has been lit It can still explode.
Whatever you do, Do not throw fireworks. You could seriously harm others If not kill them. It’s more enjoyable to set them off in your back garden following this code. Never put them in your pocket, they can go off at any time.
Children like picking new things up throwing them around hitting off each other. This is a strong reason along many others why you should not leave children with fireworks.
Fireworks code: Sparklers are very hot when lit. This could lead to some extreme damages to your hand. This is why it is a good idea to light them one at a time and to wear gloves to protect your hand if things do go wrong. If you give your child a sparkler always – always supervise them, never let them run around on their own.
Pets have very sensitive hearing, So it’s no surprise when there is a big bang they act in different ways. There are many ways to ensure you can keep your pet safe this bonfire night.
Be considerate of your neighbors, always let them know when setting off fireworks. At any time of the year. And always set your fireworks off before 11 pm.
Further advice, publications for the fireworks Code:
- Government information on fireworks and bonfire safety.
- NHS Choices – Website, for valuable advice. especially for medical advice from burns.
- Safer Fireworks – RoSPA’s
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