Today marks another beautiful festival of light. Homes all over the UK will be holding Diwali celebrations – lighting of candles, cooking an array of foods, and extravagant firework displays. Today also marks another year that A&E departments will be gearing up to deal with horrific burn injuries.
RoSPA is urging people to follow the Firework Code to ensure everyone’s safety this Diwali.
The safest place to enjoy fireworks is at a large public display, so RoSPA highly recommends attending organised displays, but if you are planning on holding one at home:
- Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable, and ensure it finishes before 11pm (1am on Diwali)
- Only buy fireworks which carry the CE mark, keep them 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.
With celebrations such as Diwali comes the issue of underage people buying and misusing fireworks. It is against the law to sell fireworks to under-18s in Britain, and it is also illegal to carry fireworks in public if you’re under 18.
The curfew for fireworks tonight is extended until 1:00am, so please be considerate to your neighbours and local pets.
For more information on fireworks, bonfire, and sparkler safety, visit: https://www.rospa.com/home-safety/advice/fireworks-safety/
Posted: 11/7/2018 10:45:58 AM