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“Bang out of order” – Managing Firework Safety


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In 2016-2017, nearly 21 million attendances were recorded at Accident and Emergency departments throughout the NHS.  Of these, over 5,000 attendances were for persons who had been injured as a result of a Firework incident.

This figure was a 2% increase on the figures from 2016/2017, which itself was a trending increase from 2009/2010 of nearly 150% from an initial 2,141 incidents.  On that basis it is entirely possible that over 5,500 people might attend at A&E this year as a result of firework related incidents.

The rate of firework related incidents historically is at its highest over 29 October – 12th November, and within that time period reaching an apex at 4-6 November.

There is therefore an increasing need for those using fireworks or organising firework events to remind themselves of the basics of Firework Safety.

Useful information is provided by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents here

As RoSPA note, injury figures support the advice that the safest place to enjoy fireworks is at a large public display - far fewer people are injured here than at smaller family or private parties.

But if you’ll be having a firework party at home, you can make the occasion fun and safe for everyone by following the Firework Code, as well as some sparkler and bonfire safety tips:

1. Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable, and ensure it finishes before 11pm

2. Only buy fireworks which carry the CE mark, keep them in a closed box and use them one at a time

3. Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary

4. Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back

5. Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks

6. Never return to a firework once it has been lit

7. Don't put fireworks in pockets and never throw them

8. Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators

9. Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire

10. Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving.

 

Richard Poole is an Associate in our specialist personal injury team and recognised by the Law Society of Scotland as an accredited Personal Injury specialist.  If you, or a member of your family has been involved in an accident and you would like to discuss a no win no fee personal injury claim please contact Richard or a member of the Personal injury team on 0800 731 8434.

 

Posted by Richard Poole

Associate

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