Nearly a quarter of those who are planning on attending a display this year will be doing so at a private event, despite only one in three knowing the Firework Code.
Family safety charity RoSPA is urging people to attend organised displays this year, as you are less likely to be harmed by a firework than at a home display.
According to the Children’s Burns Trust
, over 550 children under 16 are taken to A&E in the four weeks surrounding bonfire night. Most injuries caused by fireworks are to the eyes, head or hands and occur at private or family displays.
Ashley Martin, RoSPA’s public health adviser, said: “It’s concerning that only two-thirds of people are aware of the Firework Code, and a quarter of those attending Bonfire Night events do so at private displays.
“We’re encouraging everyone to go to organised displays, put on by those trained in the use of fireworks – not only will you and your family be safer, but you’re also sure of a more spectacular display.
“If you are attending a private event, or putting on your own display, we’d urge you to adhere to the Firework Code, and make sure you are buying any fireworks only from reputable retailers.”
Remember never to drink if setting up a fireworks display, and follow the Firework Code:
- Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable, and ensure it finishes before 11pm (midnight on Bonfire Night)
- 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.
For more information on fireworks and sparkler safety, see www.rospa.com/fireworks