With Bonfire night fast approaching, we all want to make sure our celebrations are enjoyable. If safety rules are followed your night can and should be great fun, go off with a bang (not literally!) and everyone will enjoy themselves.
While fireworks are really entertaining and can make your Bonfire night spectacular it is important to remember that they are also dangerous.
My personal view is that it's always better to go to a local organised display as these are more spectacular than anything you can arrange at home and they are organised with safety very much in mind. As I am advised of organised displays that are happening in Jersey I will profile them on our Events page. Check back closer to the night as more may have been added.
If you are thinking of having your own display, then sticking with the Firework Safety Code is extremely important.
The Firework Safety Code:
• Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114. Be careful that you buy from a reputable shop with knowledgeable staff.
• Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks. Sounds obvious, but unless you want to end up in A&E it's a must.
• Keep fireworks in a closed box.
• Follow the instructions on each firework.
• Light at arm's length, using a taper.
• Stand well back.
• Never go near 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. Again this is obvious but we all know there are people for whom warnings like "Caution: Coffee is hot!" are necessary.
• Keep pets indoors.
• Always supervise children around fireworks.
Sparklers are very pretty and can be part of the experience on Bonfire Night. However, I just read rather scary statistic- sparklers are 5 times hotter than cooking oil when lit.
• Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves.
• Never give sparklers to a child under five.
I hope everyone enjoys their Bonfire Night celebrations safely.
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