– Always light sparklers one at a time and keep them away from yourself and other people.
– Sparklers can reach temperatures of up to 1800°C, so handle with care and make sure to place them in a bucket of water once they have burnt out.
– Store fireworks safely and make sure one person is made responsible for the fireworks.
– Fireworks are incredibly dangerous, so ensure that they are not put into pockets or thrown. Throwing fireworks is not only stupid, but it is also a criminal offence that carries a maximum penalty of £5000.
– It is important that the people viewing the fireworks, especially children, are at a safe distance away from the fireworks as they are being let off.
– Retreat to a safe distance once the firework has been lit – and never go back to a lit firework.
– Ensure that you have the right tools for certain fireworks. E.g, supports for catherine wheels, bucket of dirt to launch fireworks from and proper launchers for rockets.
– Don’t forget the safety equipment either! This includes a hat, eye protection, gloves, a bucket of water (or two) and a torch for checking the instructions.
– If you have a bonfire, use firelighters or newspaper to light it, NEVER use petrol, paraffin or other flammable liquids.
– Make sure the bonfire is situated a safe distance from any fences, trees, hedges or buildings.
– Pets hate loud bangs and flashes, so make sure to keep them in around New Year celebrations, especially if you are hosting fireworks in the garden.
– Close curtains to block out the flashes of fireworks and play music or turn on the tv to drown out the noise of fireworks for pets that are inside the house.
Wishing everyone a happy and safe New Year, from all of the team at Fire FM.