Planning a Bonfire night in Guildford? - Some vital Fireworks Safety Tips
21st October 2011
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Each and every year thousands across the country are injured or permanently maimed by fireworks, some of them live with it for the rest of their lives.

Most at risk are children under the age of 16, and the injuries usually stem from fooling around with fireworks on the street, closely followed by injuries at home resulting from DIY fireworks parties

Keep everyone safe, by reading this simple code ..

The firework code

  • Only buy fireworks that meet BS 7114, from a reputable retailer
  • Keep them in a closed, fireproof box
  • Only take out one at a time and replace the lid
  • Follow the specific instructions on each firework, using a torch
  • Light the firework at arm's length, with a taper, never a match or lighter
  • Stand well back
  • Never go back to a firework once it is lit
  • Never put fireworks in a pocket
  • Never throw fireworks
  • Always supervise children around fireworks
  • Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves
  • Don't give sparklers to children under five years
  • Keep pets indoors


Other firework safety tips

  • Keep a bucket of sand, water or garden hose handy.
  • Consider the wind direction and the location of nearby properties, particularly those with thatched roofs.
  • If you are having a bonfire watch the children closely and make sure it is fully extinguished before leaving it last thing at night.

Avoid alcohol - one drink could be one too many.


Why not consider attending one of the many events listed on the best of guildford - they are local, they are safe and frankly you will enjoy a far better display than you will manage at home!



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Sally Castro

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56, married, 3 children - passionate about all things local! Owner of the bestofguildford site, keen supporter of Guildford Rugby Club... serial networker

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