Before they explode, know
Millions of people over many
years have enjoyed fireworks.
Accidents can happen with
anything, anytime, anywhere. Don’t let it happen to you with
fireworks, because the consequences of carelessness with fire can be
devastating and life changing
guidelines for a safe fireworks party are very simple to observe:
Follow the Fireworks
- Only buy fireworks marked CE.
- Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks.
- Keep fireworks in a closed box
- Follow the instructions on each firework
- Light all fireworks at arm’s length, using a taper.
- Stand well back
- Never go back to a firework that has been lit. Even if
it hasn’t gone off, it could still explode.
- Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them.
- Always supervise children around fireworks.
- Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves.
- Never give sparklers to a child under five.
- Keep Pets indoors.
- Don’t let off fireworks after 11 pm.
For more information on keeping your pets safe in the fireworks and
bonfire season please visit our pets and Fireworks Safety Page
Use only CE Fireworks
Please Check this when you are buying your
Fireworks. All reputable dealers will only sell fireworks to this standard
and if you are ever offered any others leave them alone!
Take special care with
Sparklers can be beautiful and enjoyable for young children but adults
must be aware of their potential.
Sparklers are the cause of a high number of injuries, but only a few
simple precautions are necessary.
- Always supervise children with sparklers.
- Teach them to hold the sparkler at arm’s length,
but not near anyone else
- Sparklers are not for the under 5s. They will be
labelled as such and it is your responsibility.
- Have a container of water handy, big enough for
the spent sparkler. Dump the sparkler in it as soon as it goes out.
Staying Safe in the
Staying Safe this fireworks
season with your family. Bonfire night is fast approaching and with this, in
mind, it is only fair to give people the heads up with regards to safety and
also reiterate the importance of being vigilant around bonfires and fireworks.
We appreciate that it is probably
the last thing that you want to read when you excitedly shopping for the very
best fireworks to celebrate the 5
th November, but without taking
appropriate safety precautions, the celebration could quickly turn into a
nightmare, so it is something that is well worth taking seriously.
Fireworks are quite possibly the
best way to get a party started, and it is very clear and easy to understand why
people would want to have them to celebrate an event or occasion. In order to
fully appreciate and enjoy the mesmerizing lights and sounds that these
wonderful things give you, however, they need to be treated with respect and it
is with that in mind that we have composed our list of do’s and don’ts that
will help you stay safe this 2017.
It has to be said that fireworks
are not the only hazard on Bonfire night – the clue is in the name. Bonfires
themselves provide all sorts of risks, as do accessories such as sparklers, so
we will also be highlighting some top tips to stay safe with these too.
Whilst a large portion of people
still attend large public bonfires, more and more people are deciding to put on
a celebration of their own at home – and it is easy to see why. People can feel
closer to the action, can be in the company of people that they want to be
around and can enjoy laughter and food at the same time.
For the people who intend on
hosting a bonfire party at their home, it is imperative that they follow some
very basic, but paramount rules. Most of them are common-sense, but
nevertheless, you’d be surprised just how many people fail to adhere to them –
especially when the party is in full swing.
The crucial rules to a safe November
- We believe that just one person should be designated to
be the one in charge of the bonfire and fireworks. Even though you may
think that several pairs of hands will make the evening run smoother, it
will actually prove more chaotic and dangerous if several people are
lighting fireworks and tending to the bonfire. If just one person is in
charge, that person knows which fireworks have been lit and which ones not
to go back to. If there are people darting around here, there and
everywhere, there is bound to be an accident – and this could easily ruin
the night, and worst case, mean an emergency for someone.
- You should try to have a plan of where you want people
to stand to watch the fireworks and bonfire and ensure people stick to
what you have decided. We appreciate this may be difficult if you have a
small garden, but it is always wise to put the safety of your guests
first. Try and pace out a decent amount of space where people can easily
see what’s going on, but where they will be safe should the fire get out
of control or there is a wayward rocket.
- Make sure if there are any children around that you
make sure they understand that they can’t run around too. If they fail to
listen, don’t light anything – it’s as simple as that. You should also
make sure that the fireworks are contained in a sealed box out of reach of
others, in particular children.
- As well as maintaining that all guests are safe and
understand how to behave around your bonfire, it is equally important that
the person in charge of lighting everything behaves in the same vain. The
bonfire should be lit, maintained and then stayed away from so that should
anything explode, or the flames get a little too big, people are far
enough away not to be hurt and there is enough time to bring the fire
under control. Never, ever use petrol or paraffin to get a fire started.
- Fireworks should be lit one at a time and in a
direction that isn’t going to head towards anyone. If they don’t go off
once lit, never go back to them as there may be a delay and they may
explode causing injury. Fireworks should also be lit at arm’s length and
people should never put their faces over the firework whilst they light
- When all the fireworks are done and people start
heading home, it is important that you spend a time securing the area.
Make sure that the fire is out before you head off indoors and ensure that
there is no risk. A lot of people will go to bed whilst the fire is still
burning (let’s be fair it takes a while for a fire to go out once it has
been burning for a few hours); but we’d advise against this as fires can
spread quickly for no apparent reason. Whilst ever there are still flames,
the bonfire is dangerous and could pose a risk. Never leave it unattended.
- Sparklers are also a big part of the Bonfire night
celebrations. In fact, they are so popular that people tend to use them
for all kinds of occasions, whether that be for weddings or birthdays.
Unfortunately, though, just like fireworks, if they aren’t treated with
respect and used properly they can quickly turn into something altogether
dangerous – with this in mind you are always advised to exercise caution –
especially if there are young people around with curious and inquisitive
- Sparklers should always be kept at arms’ length; they
should be held whilst wearing gloves and you should always stand away from
others so that there are no accidental burns should someone trip or stumble
into you. You should always have a bucket of water at the ready and close
by so that when the sparkler is finished burning it can be disposed of
quickly and correctly. You should also monitor children that are using
sparklers. It is advised that children under the age of six do not use
sparklers at all, but even children who are older than this should be
supported and supervised by parents. Guide their hand and demonstrate what
to do with sparklers and ensure they stay in one place and do not run around whilst holding a sparkler.
Be safe not sorry:
To be fair you’ve probably read
the above and thought to yourself: ’why do I need to know this? It’s all
You’re right. It is all common sense, but you’d be surprised at the
statistics when it comes to Bonfire night and just how many people are
seriously injured and hurt because they haven’t followed the right safety
precautions. We get it. Sometimes you’re in full party mode and want to enjoy
time with friends and family and you’re chatting away whilst tending to the
food, lighting the fire and taking care of the fireworks – but this is a
disaster waiting to happen. Monitoring the fire and taking care of the
fireworks demands full attention and should be done with utmost care.
We’re not wanting to put people
off having their own bonfire night celebrations either. We are the fireworks
people and the go to place for all firework essentials after all; all we wish
to do is highlight the importance of safety on Bonfire night to ensure that
people have the best time of it.
It is also important for us to
warn of the dangers of public displays. People automatically assume that a
public display will be set up with heightened safety and security measures in
place, and whilst most places adhere to these rules, there will still be one or
two that don’t quite match up to UK regulations. If at any point you feel that
a public display isn’t as safe as it ought to be, you need to speak up and
voice your concerns to the people in charge. This could be the difference
between someone enjoying a good public display and someone getting hurt and the
display then having to get shut down, which would ruin many people’s
celebrations. It is everyone’s responsibility to take fire safety seriously and
public displays are no exception.
We should also highlight the
importance of sourcing fireworks from a reputable source. Here we have a firm
and established reputation that spans many years and we have customers that
come back year after year safe in the knowledge they are getting the very best
quality fireworks, some of the best in the world, for a price that is
When it comes to fireworks,
because of the danger element, it is imperative that you purchase them from a
reliable source and don’t just go for cheap options. We appreciate that people
will want to get fireworks for as little cost as possible, but you should never
compromise safety. You should always check out that firework sellers are
approved for the UK and have a good reputation. It isn’t just the safety aspect
either why you should be cautious when buying fireworks from a source you’ve
never heard of; you have to bear in mind that the fireworks themselves may not
be very good. They may only deliver half of what they promise on the night and
result in a disappointing display for all concerned.
As previously said, we have years
of expertise in the industry and have a reputation that is second to none – we
know the importance of good quality fireworks. Whatever you do, ensure that you
give your Bonfire night the celebration that it deserves – buy the real mc’coy!
Finally, bonfire night is a time
for families getting together, enjoying one another’s company, sampling good
food, getting wrapped up on a cold, miserable, glum and damp November night and
enjoying the lights, sounds and smells that emanate from great fireworks. Now
more than ever before we should be celebrating nights like this as it gives us
the freedom to have fun and enjoy ourselves. Bonfire night really is one of the
highlights of the 12-month calendar and it should be celebrated in style.
Be safe and enjoy yourselves –
that, after all, is what Bonfire night is all about.
Staying Safe this fireworks
season with your family should be paramount to you.
“Fireworks Safety is paramount to us at Ghengis Fireworks.” Fireworks are used for lots of celebrations around the UK, www.fireworks.co.uk/safety/.