Having fireworks at home can be great, as long as they are used safely. Statistics show more children rather than adults get hurt by fireworks. Over the last few years over 350 pre-school children, some only one years old, were treated in hospital for firework related injuries.
Be safe not sorry
Fireworks are safe if you use them properly. If you’re putting on a home display, you should follow some simple steps to make sure that everyone has a good time without getting hurt.
On the night, you will need:
- A torch
- A bucket or two of water
- Eye protection and gloves
- A bucket of soft earth to put fireworks in
- Suitable supports and launchers if you’re setting off catherine wheels or rockets.
- Never put them in your pocket
- Never pick one up off the floor
- Make sure an adult is always present
- Light them one at a time
- Wear gloves
- Hold them at arm’s length
- When it goes out, put the hot end in a bucket of water. Otherwise it could still burn you.