Sparkle Away!Fireworks at home can be exciting, but they also pose a potential risk of injury and fire hazards. If you are considering using fireworks at home, it's important to prioritise safety. Here are some guidelines:
Check Local RegulationsBefore using fireworks, check with your local council in case there are any regulations in places.
Purchase Legal FireworksBuy fireworks from reputable sources that comply with safety standards and local regulations. Illegal fireworks are dangerous and can lead to accidents.
Read and Follow InstructionsCarefully read the manufacturer's instructions for each firework. Follow all safety guidelines provided.
Designate a Fireworks AreaChoose a clear, open, and level area away from buildings, trees, dry grass, and other flammable materials.
Keep a Safe DistanceMaintain a safe distance from fireworks. Stay at least 30 feet away from smaller fireworks like sparklers and at least 100 yards away from larger fireworks.
Safety GearUse safety gear, such as safety glasses, gloves and ear protection, when lighting fireworks.
Designate a Responsible AdultAssign one adult as the designated "fireworks operator." This person should not consume alcohol or drugs while handling fireworks.
Keep Water HandyHave a hose, bucket of water, or fire extinguisher nearby to quickly extinguish any fires.
Light Fireworks One at a TimeNever light multiple fireworks at the same time. Light one firework at a time and move away quickly.
Keep Spectators at a Safe DistanceEnsure all spectators are at a safe distance, especially children.
Don't Relight Malfunctioning FireworksIf a firework doesn't ignite, don't attempt to relight it. Wait at least 20 minutes, then soak it in water before disposing of it.
Dispose of Fireworks SafelyAfter use, place used fireworks in a bucket of water to ensure they are completely extinguished before disposal.
PetsKeep pets indoors to prevent them from becoming frightened or injured by the noise and lights.
Alcohol and Fireworks Don't MixDo not consume alcohol when handling fireworks. Impaired judgment can lead to accidents.
Weather ConditionsBe mindful of weather conditions. Wind can blow sparks and embers, increasing the risk of fire.
First Aid KitHave a basic first aid kit on hand in case of minor injuries.
Safety for SparklersSparklers can reach extremely high temperatures. Supervise children closely when using them and provide a safe container for disposal.
Emergency PlanEstablish an emergency plan in case of accidents. Know how to call for help, and have a phone nearby.
Remember that professional fireworks displays are conducted by trained individuals and are subject to strict safety protocols. Using fireworks at home can be risky, so it's essential to prioritise safety and be aware of potential hazards. If you're unsure about using fireworks safely, consider attending a public fireworks display instead, where experts handle the fireworks.
Your Local AgentsPalmer & Partners want everyone to enjoy themselves safely and have fun watching fireworks. We sponsor some excellent local community firework displays, which abide by strict safety rules and are professionally run. Why not take the pressure off and go along to watch a fabulous fireworks display with food and drink stalls, games and family entertainment.
Saturday 4th NovemberChristchurch Park, Ipswich - gates open 6pm, fireworks at 8pm ipswichfireworks.com
Langham Fireworks, Langham, Colchester - gates open 5.30pm langhamfireworks.com