With Guy Fawkes Night approaching fireworks will soon be lighting up our skies! But have you taken the correct precautions to make sure you and your family are safe. Whether you are at a firework display or holding an event of your own make sure you’re safe and can enjoy the show!
Here are our top tips to keep you safe!
Before the event check weather forecasts. If it is raining keep your fireworks dry with plastic bags and even if it isn’t keeping them dry will avoid moisture dampening the fuse.
If wind is forecast you must take extra precaution. Winds blowing in the direction of those watching could cause debris being swept up and head towards them. Always review and revise the distances and location of where your fireworks will be ignited taking into consideration the conditions.
- Plan out your firework display properly making sure it a safe distance from your viewing area
- Keep Fireworks in a shut box and only light one at a time
- Follow the instructions for that particular firework
- Light them at arm’s length and stand well back
- If a firework doesn’t go off DO NOT go back to it. Consider it a dud and cover it with soil, sand or water.
- Make sure all pets and kept indoors and children are given a careful watch
- If you are planning an event or party make sure you have insurance that covers you in the event of an accident.
- If you are using a professional firework display company they should have their own insurance cover. Make sure you check and keep a copy of their current policy schedule.
- Do not give young children sparklers and make sure children over the age of 5 are supervised
- Always wear gloves when handling sparklers and are held an arm’s length away
- Don’t wave the sparkler close to anyone
- When the sparkler is finished make sure it’s put in a bucket of water
It is important to keep safe but accidents can always happen.
Check your home insurance policy and make sure you have property owners liability in force. This section covers damages or injuries to a guest at your property or member of the public. It is NOT intended for commercial functions and large events. If you are in any doubt contact your insurer ahead of the display.
Have you sufficient levels of contents and property cover should you suffer a fire or damage caused by explosion or smoke?
Have you considered the value of any outbuildings and their contents?
We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Fireworks Night this year.
Part of this material was taken from the ROSPA website.