You’ve bought the fireworks, invited your friends, spent days building a bonfire and got your hot-dogs ready. So what could go wrong? Tragically that’s what many people don’t think about; most accidents are avoidable with just a little thought. You don’t want your party to end with a visit to A&E.
1. Light the way. You’ve planned to light your fireworks away from the house and the kids but once it gets dark you’re likely to trip over the still-hot spent fireworks. Imagine getting a smoldering fountain up your nose! So make sure you’ve got a torch or 2 in your plans. You’ll also need a torch to read the instructions on your fireworks; using a match is asking for trouble!
2. Keep your distance. Put up a visible barrier so your youngest guests have a boundary – and warn them not to go beyond it. Children are curious and eager to help but you don’t want them scarred for life by severe burns or blinding. Over 500 children are taken to A&E each year near to bonfire night. For garden fireworks (category 2) the boundary should be a minimum of 5 metres but for a public display (category 3) it should be at least 25metres away.