With fireworks night nearly upon us, Hertfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service has issued a safety reminder to local residents to help ensure that everyone has a good time without getting hurt!
Firework displays can bring plenty of joy, but sadly too many adults and children in particular are injured due to incorrectly use. In October and November last year, crews in Herts dealt with 33 bonfire or firework related incidents, including one that ended up in hospital.
The Fire and Rescue Service recommend attending a professional display – find your nearest Herts fireworks displays here. However, if you’re planning on celebrating a home, here’s what you need to keep in mind:
Bonfire & Fireworks Safety at Home
- Stand well back
- Keep pets indoors
- Keep fireworks in a closed box
- Make sure that the fireworks are appropriate for the size of garden
- Light at arm’s length, using a taper
- Follow the instructions on each firework
- Never give sparklers to a child under five
- Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks
- Always supervise children around fireworks
- Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves
- Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them
- Never go near a firework that has been lit – even if it hasn’t gone off it could still explode
- Check bonfires for animals before lighting, and make sure there are no small children nearby
- Only burn dry material as damp material will cause more smoke
- Don’t burn aerosols, tyres, canisters or anything containing foam or paint
- Keep a garden hose of bucket of water nearby for emergencies
- As a general rule, bonfires should be at least five times its height from buildings, trees or fences
- If the bonfire gets out of control, move to a safe distance and call 999
Buying your fireworks
- Always buy fireworks from a reputable shop to make sure that they conform to British Standards. This means that they should have BS 7114 or a CE mark written on the box.
- Don’t buy fireworks from anywhere you’re not sure about, such as the back of a van or temporary, unlicensed market stall.
Remember: It is illegal to set off fireworks between 11.00 pm and 7.00 am – except during certain celebrations
For more fireworks safety advice, go to www.hertfordshire.gov.uk