18 October 2015

Don't Let The Sparks Fly: Fireworks & Safety

We are approaching that time of year again. The time when people let of fireworks non-stop for the whole month, culminating in one mega bang-fest on November the 5th, Bonfire Night. 

I heard about Pryers Solicitors who have been doing some research into fireworks safety recently and I was astounded to see how many injuries were caused by fireworks. Surely after all these years of using them, people should know how to be safe around them and to do things properly, I mean they're not toys after all. 

The most common injuries are to the hands (31% of reported injuries) as you'd expect as this is when people don't hold them properly to light the fireworks but shockingly, 10% of injuries have been caused to the head. How scary is that to think that people are really risking their lives to have some exploding lights to look at.

Photo by Liz Noffsinger from freedigitalphotos.net
I must admit, I hate this time of year. No one seems to realise that fireworks are for Bonfire Night and should only be let off then, instead they are set off every night for the whole of October, waking up my children in the process and scaring all the dogs on the street. Cue Whistling, banging fireworks, barking dogs and crying babies, it's a nightmare. 

But I hate it more-so because I do not like fireworks. Well, I don't like rockets or the multishot-barrage fireworks as, even though I know they're coming, they make me jump and frighten me. I can just about handle a Roman Candle and sparklers. 

You can click through to see this infographic about fireworks and all the information it holds to help you be prepared for when Bonfire Night hits. Like, did you know that most firework injuries are cause at family parties but 1% have occurred in a car and 3% inside. I mean, how stupid are people who are setting fireworks off in enclosed spaces. 

Photo by Liz Noffsinger from freedigitalphotos.net
Make sure, if you are going to a fireworks party, or will be setting some off, that you follow these safety tips:
  • Do not carry fireworks in your pockets
  • Never relight fireworks
  • Put used fireworks into a metal bucket filled with cold water
  • Make sure to buy fireworks from a proper company
  • Always supervise children
  • Be aware of animals close by
  • And never, NEVER, throw fireworks!
But most importantly, make sure you are safe out there. It may not be you that does anything wrong but remember that not everyone else are sensible so just be weary. The best place to view fireworks is at an organised display who will have had training and know exactly what to do in an emergency... Just stay safe!

11 comments:

  1. It's not my favourite time of year, one because fireworks are so expensive and two they are so dangerous. I don't usually do fireworks at home and don't let my girls have sparklers, may sound slightly OTT but they are so dangerous and I'd rather not take the risk!

    Emily xx

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  2. I have had horses for most of my life, so fireworks are not something I particularly enjoyed. It is so important to be safe x

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  3. I love fireworks I think they are magical but it amazes me how some people use fireworks as a toy when they are very dangerous. If you are setting off fireworks make sure you know what you are doing!

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  4. Love fireworks on New Year, dread them at Halloween. They're illegal over her in Ireland so you don't see to many but the few that do have them are awfully childish and dangerous with them x

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  5. It really is scary how many accidents occur as a result of fireworks. It worries me greatly especially when I see kids messing about.

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  6. I love fireworks but they can be so dangerous, 10% to the head? in the car? What are people doing with fireworks in the car! Madness. We always go to organised events, we live too near to horses to have them at home. xx

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  7. Fireworks like others have said can be so dangerous in the wrong hands. You often hear them going off and you do wonder if it's kids or if it's something safer. We got to a large - and still free - display and then scurry home to bangers and mash :)

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  8. I absolutely love watching fireworks light up the sky but they are so dangerous. I am even scared of holding sparklers.

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  9. Ooo those statistics are scary. Fireworks really are dangerous. These are great tips to stay safe!

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  10. Great safety tips, we love fireworks and bonfire night here, but go to an organised display. Kaz x

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  11. Thankfully nothing went wrong locally on bonfire night. But still, you can never be to careful!

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