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Remember, remember 5th November fireworks safety

Last updated by Stephanie.Rosser@essex.gov.uk on Tuesday, October 31, 2023

 

Did you know that sparklers burn 16 times hotter than a kettle? Or that powerful rockets unsuited to family back gardens are on sale to parents online?

 

There will be lots of displays happening this weekend - be sure to supervise young children at all times and check out the advice from Child Accident Prevention Trust.

 

Here are some key safety messages from CAPT:

  • Fireworks are exciting, but they can be very dangerous and can hurt you. Listen to your grown-up about where is a safe place to stand.
  • Never touch a firework. Don’t pick up a firework after it has been used.
  • Wear your gloves when you hold your sparkler and keep it away from your body.
  • It’s not a good idea to hold more than one sparkler at once.
  • Keep your sparkly sparkler safely away from other people and don’t run around with it.
  • Don’t throw your sparkler in case it hits someone.
  • Once your sparkler is finished, put it into a bucket of water, don’t pick it back up. It stays hot for a long time and can burn you.
  • Leave your dressing up clothes at home on fireworks night, wrap up warm instead.
  • Stand well away from the bonfire and stay close to the grown-ups.
  • Don’t be tempted to throw things into the bonfire or poke at it with sticks.
  • If you’re going to a firework display, hold hands with your grown-up and stay with them all the time.

 

Most importantly, if you catch your clothes on a flame, don’t panic – STOP, DROP and ROLL:

STOP what you are doing.

DROP to the ground and cover your face with your hands.

ROLL over and over to put out the flames.