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Alert message sent 03/11/2019 13:39:00

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Some of you may have already attended a fire work display however for those that have their own fire work party at home below are a few safety tips to keep you and your loved ones safe from harm.

1. Opt for quality.Fireworks
Any fireworks that you purchase should comply with British Standard 7114 (or a European equivalent). If you’re in doubt as to the quality of the rockets, be sure to take your custom elsewhere – cheap fireworks are not worth the risk. Around 40 per cent of all firework injuries are caused by illegal fireworks, so ensure you know what you’re buying.

2. Follow the law.
Remember, you’re not allowed to set them off after 11pm – though this is extended to midnight on bonfire night, and 1am on New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year.

3. Read the instructions.
Though that might seem like a little bit of an obvious tip, in the excitement of a display, it’s all-too-easy to allow giddiness to take over. Follow the instructions on each individual firework, and only light one firework at a time.

4. Prepare the rockets.
In order for them to launch safely, be certain that you’ve anchored the support of the firework into the ground or onto a wall correctly, as per the firework’s instructions. Always aim the fireworks away from spectators!

5. Keep pets safe.
Not only are pets usually terrified of fireworks, allowing the dog or cat outside while fireworks are being launched is incredibly dangerous – for them and your spectators.

6. Watch the kids.
Combine toffee apples and fireworks excitement with most children under the age of 12, and it’s almost too much to handle! Keep an eye on where they are at all times during a fireworks event – especially if they’re running around in a sugar buzz.

7. Use sparklers safely.
Though great fun for kids and adults alike, a few simple safety tips can keep sparklers fun. Ten per cent of all firework-related injuries come from sparklers, so remember: always wear gloves when holding them, ensure there’s a water or dirt-filled bucket to put the used sparklers in, and hold them at arm’s length. As before, keep an eye on any children that are holding sparklers!

8. Light fireworks with care.
All fireworks should be lit at arm’s length, and be sure to take a step back as soon as the fuse ignites. You should never return to a lit firework.

9. Don’t try and relight.
Similarly, you should never try to relight a dud firework. Around 500 firework injuries a year occur at private parties according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents – if you’re hosting a fireworks party, ensure that you follow the Firework Code to put on a safe but enjoyable event.

10. Store fireworks safely.
Ensure you keep the fireworks in a closed box until you’re ready to use them, and away from any risk of open flame. Never put any fireworks in your pocket – not even to take them outside!

If you’re putting on a larger event, bear in mind that Mobile Mini’s storage container units are perfect for firework storage, and offer plenty of room and protection from the outdoors.

My own personal tip for sparkler usage with young child is stick the sparkler on the end of a large carrot allowing that extra divide between the sparkler and the Childs hand.

Message sent by
Alison Wilson (Police, PCSO, Oldbury)

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