Bonfire Night Safety Awareness

Thousands of people around the country will be taking part in Bonfire Night celebrations this week, but as Guy Fawkes weekend approaches the unfortunate fact is that many people will find themselves seriously injured.

We advise everyone to take great care if they are celebrating this weekend. Remember to bear in mind the following facts and guidelines to ensure you have a safe and memorable bonfire night this year.

 

Statistics…

990 injuries caused by fireworks in October & November in a recent year. Of those…

  • 479 people required hospital treatment after their injury
  • 121 injuries occurred during public displays
  • 475 injuries occurred at family parties or social events
  • 285 of the injuries were caused to the eye

 

Firework Safety Code…

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) advises that the safest place to enjoy fireworks is at a properly organised, public display but if you are celebrating with family and friends this year then make sure you plan ahead and follow the Firework Safety Code for Adults:

 

  • Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable
  • Keep fireworks 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

 

Did you know that?

  • Sparklers burn at temperatures around 2000°C – twenty times hotter than boiling water
  • Approximately half of all injuries occur to children under 17
  • The most common injuries occur to the hands, face and eyes
  • Rockets can reach speeds of up to 150mph
  • It’s against the law for anyone under the age of 18 to carry fireworks in public
  • Throwing fireworks is a criminal offence
  • It is against the law to set off fireworks between 11pm-7am

 

Most solicitors would agree that personal injury claims are most common when people fail to adequately assess the risk to their own and/or others’ personal safety. This doesn’t have to mean that you prevent the enjoyment of bonfire night, but take a moment to assess the risks before hosting a firework display and you and your family will have a safe and enjoyable bonfire weekend!

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