Having fireworks at home can be great fun, as long as they're used safely. Figures show more children rather than adults get hurt by fireworks. Over the past five years over 350 pre-school children, some only a year old, were treated in hospital for fireworks injuries.
Why not attend a local firework display instead?
Although bonfires aren't allowed on Curo land, there are many organised events where you'll be sure of a spectacular display... and an impressive bonfire! Here are a few of the big ones:
Fantastic Fireworks at Longleat
1, 2 & 3 November 2018
Longleat, Warminster BA12 7NW
Light Up Lansdown Fireworks Display
2 November 2018
Bath Racecourse, Lansdown, Bath BA1 9BU
Walcot Fireworks and Bonfire night
2 November 2018
Albert Field, Lansdown, Bath BA1 9BJ
Bath Rotary Fireworks 2018
Sat 3 November 2018
Pulteney Mews, Bath BA2 4DS
Fireworks to Music Spectacular at Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park
5 November 2018
Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park, Pixash Lane, Keynsham BS36 1HW
Nine steps to a safe firework display
If you do plan to organise your own fireworks here's some advice to help you stay safe:
- Be safe not sorry: Fireworks are safe if you use them properly. If you’re putting on a home display, you should follow all safety rules and instructions provided to make sure everyone has a good time without getting hurt.
- Keep kids safe: We want children to enjoy fireworks but they need to know that they can be dangerous if they're not used properly. Each year, over half of all firework injuries are suffered by children. The Child Accident Prevention Trust have more guidance on keeping kids safe.
- Sparkler safely: Did you know that sparklers get five times hotter than cooking oil? Sparklers are not toys and should never be given to a child under five.
- Where to buy: Don’t cut corners just to save a few quid. Always buy fireworks from a reputable shop to make sure they conform to British Standards. This means that they should have BS 7114 written on the box. Sometimes shops open up for a short time before Bonfire Night but these may not be the best places to buy fireworks. Staff in these shops might not be very knowledgeable about using fireworks safely and their fireworks might not meet British Standards. Whatever you do, don’t buy fireworks from anywhere you’re not sure about, such as the back of a van or from a temporary, unlicensed market stall.
- What to buy: There are different categories of fireworks. Members of the public can buy and set off most of the fireworks that come under Categories 1 to 3. These are fireworks that include those that you can use indoors, in your garden or at a display. Always read the packet carefully and make sure the fireworks you buy are suitable for the place you're going to set them off.
- Professional fireworks: Some fireworks can only be bought and used by firework professionals. These include: air bombs; aerial shells, aerial maroons, shells-in-mortar and maroons-in-mortar; all bangers; mini rockets; fireworks with erratic flight; some Category 2 and 3 fireworks which exceed certain size limits; and all Category 4 fireworks.
- Setting them off: Only one person should be in charge of fireworks. If that’s you, then make sure you take all the necessary precautions. Read the instructions in daylight and don’t drink any alcohol until they’ve all been discharged. Make your preparations in advance, and in daylight.
- On the night, you will need: A torch, a bucket or two of water, eye protection and gloves, a bucket of soft earth to put fireworks in, suitable supports and launchers if you’re setting off Catherine wheels or rockets.
- Protect your animals: You should take precautions to protect your pets during the times of the year when fireworks are likely to be set off.