Firework season is just around the corner and while most people use fireworks responsibly, in the wrong hands they can cause serious distress and injury.
Fireworks are explosives and should be treated with great respect and care – so that we don’t remember November 5th for the wrong reasons!
If you’re holding a firework party at home, always follow The Firework Code:
- Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable, and ensure it finishes before 11pm (12pm on Nov 5th)
- 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
- Don’t build bonfires, they can spread out of control very quickly
- Always supervise children around firework
If you’re a pub, charity, church or other community group planning a firework event the HSE website has valuable information for operating a safe event.
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