Your Safety is Paramount to us!
So we have put together this firework safety information page for you with all the latest safety information on fireworks, Sparklers and Bonfires and we have even gone as far as to make firework safety videos on how to setup your fireworks and firework displays in the safest way possible.
Despite annual safety warnings, Bonfire Night still ends in disaster for far too many families. Fireworks and bonfire evenings can provide lots of fun and entertainment for all the family at a time of year when the nights are rather dark and gloomy, Fireworks light up the sky and bring joy to thousands.
As long as everyone follows the right firework safety procedures and remembers that fireworks can be dangerous if misused, a good, safe time can be enjoyed by everyone.
Children of all ages love fireworks, in fact people of all ages love fireworks. And what’s not to love? They are loud, fun, bright and put a smile on everyone’s face.
Whether it be at a large public display or at home in the back garden, fireworks of all sizes and shapes can enthral for hours and are a great investment whether it be for an occasion or just a one off treat for the family.
Fireworks, however, by their very nature, do carry some risks and if you are the parent of a young child(ren) you may find that fireworks and firework displays fill you with dread.
In all honesty, however, they really don’t need to. So long as you know the basics of firework safety and use a little bit of common sense, there is no reason why fireworks should pose any real danger to a child.
Of course, public displays should, and will have, all the safety regulations in place and you should be secure in the knowledge that all bases have been covered with regards public safety. This is not to say that parents still don’t have to be vigilant when attending these kinds of events, however.
Children, can, and often do, run around the site so it is vitally important that you know where your child is at all times. It is all too easy for a child to wander off to a part of the firework display area that they shouldn’t be in. It doesn’t mean you are a careless parent, it means that kids will be kids and you should always be conscious that they can get where water can’t. Always have them close by for peace of mind.
If you are hosting a firework display at home, it is important that you take everyone’s safety seriously, but even more so when there are children present.
You should ensure that the firework launch area and the bonfire site are completely cordoned off and people are well back.
Only one person should light fireworks as well. This is so there is no confusion as to what fireworks have been lit etc and there is no danger of returning to a firework that has already been lit but not gone off properly. The more people involved in the lighting of and the managing of the fireworks and bonfire, the more likely it is that someone will get injured.
When you have children that love fireworks and are inquisitive to see how they work and want to partake in the lighting of them, it can be very difficult to manage. You really have to be firm and not let youngsters anywhere near the fireworks though. The risks are far too high and even with adult guidance and supervision, nothing can stop a wayward rocket or firework exploding – it just isn’t worth the risk.
Instead, to keep children entertained you should let them use sparklers – albeit with close supervision. Sparklers are great for stimulating the senses of young children, but they too pose many risks.
In fact, sparklers were the number one accident complaint on Bonfire night for the last three years, meaning they actually caused more burns than fireworks themselves. It is also known that children under five should not use sparklers, yet statistics recently highlighted that it was children under five that received the most treatment for sparkler-caused accidents – so parents do have to portion some of the blame and really step up to ensure all safety concerns are taken seriously.
You should also be quite mindful of the clothing that you and the children wear. You should wear something that isn’t going to go up in flames should a wayward spark hit you or a child and you should always ensure that there is a bucket of water at the ready should you need to dispose of the sparkler or need to put out a fire.
The last thing that we want to do is stifle the excitement of Bonfire night. Fireworks are our thing after all! We just want to ensure everyone’s safety so that fireworks can be enjoyed in the best possible way.
Respect fireworks and they will give you one of the very best experiences – that is a fact.
Please stay safe while using fireworks!
Below You will find our TOP TEN TIPS on how to keep you and your loved ones safe this firework season.
Our Ten Top Tips
- Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable.
- Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time.
- Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary.
- Light the firework at arm’s length with a taper (Portfire) and stand well back.
- Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks.
- Never return to a firework once it’s lit.
- Don’t put fireworks in your pockets and never throw them or fire them at people or animals.
- Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators.
- Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire.
- Make sure that the fire is out and its surroundings are made safe before leaving.
How to Guides and Videos
We have put together some easy to follow setup guides and videos to go along with them showing you exactly how to setup your firework and displays in the safest possible way.
- How To Setup A Firework Rocket
- How To Setup A Firework Mine
- How To Setup A Single Ignition Firework
- How To Setup Your Own Firework Display
All of the above videos can be viewed on our How to Fireworks Videos Page.
Safety Rules For Sparklers
- Never give sparklers to young children under five.
- Always wear gloves with sparklers, preferably leather ones.
- Hold it at arm’s length while an adult lights it for you.
- Use in a clear space away from others.
- Never hold a baby in your arms when you are holding a sparkler.
- When the sparkler has finished, put it into a bucket of cold water straight away and leave it there.