How to use the firework code

Chris Sharp
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We are only a few days away from firework night, remember remember the 5th of November, casualty, burning and soot. Too many people forget the plot when it comes to bonfire night or any celebration that involves fireworks.

If you’re intending to celebrate bonfire night or any other festivity that uses fireworks at home, please remember the firework code. Use only BS 7114 fireworks. Check this when you are buying. Reputable dealers will only sell fireworks to this standard.

It is best to have only one person in charge of fireworks. If that’s you, organise your arrangements before-hand in daylight, make a plan as to which fireworks you’re going to use, read the instructions first and insure you plan to set them off a good distance from the audience, especially if they require a launcher or support. Avoid alcohol until you have finished you display. When you are going to set them off plan what order you are going to do this in, you may also want to have:

  • A torch to reread the instructions at night.
  • A bucket of water to discard used sparklers.
  • Eye protection and gloves this is recommended to prevent serious injury.
  • A bucket of soft earth to put fireworks in i.e. roman candles.
  • Suitable launchers and supports if you're setting off rockets or Catherine wheels, also a hammer.

Keeping to the code will help keep your family and guest out of harm’s way.

  • Keep fireworks in a closed box and away from your launching area and bonfire.
  • Follow the instructions on each firework using your touch not a naked flame.
  • Light all fireworks at arm’s length.
  • Stand well back.
  • Never go back to a lit firework.
  • Never put fireworks in your pocket.
  • Never throw fireworks or set them off in the street.

· Keep pets indoors; don’t use fireworks near live stock.

· Take special care with sparklers they can be beautiful and fun for young children, adults must be aware of their potential danger.

Sparklers are the cause of a large number of injuries but only a few simple steps are necessary.

1. Always supervise children with sparklers.

2. Teach them to hold the sparkler at arm’s length, also to stay away from anyone else.

3. Sparklers are not for the under fives.

4. Have a container of water handy, big enough for the spent sparkler. Place the sparkler in it as soon as it goes out.

5. Do not touch the other end of the sparkler as it will be hot.

Following the code will insure that you have a fun filled evening not a fear filled one.

You can get more in-depth information from web sites such as your local fire service, NHS Choices, ROSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents), the fire service web site or the directgov web site.

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