As much as I enjoy Bonfire Night, I am not one for fireworks.
A bonfire, yes, but rockets, Catherine wheels et al, no thank you. Never have been either, purely I think because of the safety element more than anything – I just don’t feel safe with or around fireworks.
So if you are letting off a few fireworks tonight, stay safe, and follow these rules as set out by the RoSPA.
Remember, only adults should deal with firework displays and the lighting of fireworks. They should also take care of the safe disposal of fireworks once they have been used.
Young people should watch and enjoy fireworks at a safe distance and follow the safety rules for using sparklers.
- 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 and stand well back.
- Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks.
- Never return to a firework once it has been lit.
- Don’t put fireworks in pockets and never throw them.
- Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators.
- Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire.
- Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving.
For further details, go to http://www.saferfireworks.com/firework_code/