Monday, 26 October 2015

Firework safety

It's fast approaching that time of year again when people will be letting fireworks off non stop. 
I'm looking forward to bonfire night (5th November) this year as it will be Blake's first time of being able to see them, although admittedly we will be watching from the safety of our home with Blake being so young. 

Pryers Solicitors have been doing some research recently on firework safety and was shocked to see how many injuries still occur that are caused by fireworks. I think it's pretty scary too as people really should know by now how to be safe around them as they can be so dangerous and aren't toys. 

The most common injures are on the hands (31%)  which is of no surprise really as this would be when people are not holding them properly to light them up.  The next most common is eyes (25%) which is pretty scary as 
people are taking dangerous risks to see pretty lights in the sky. 



It is important that not just you but your whole family and friends are aware of the dangers of fireworks and
the safety tips when using them. 
You can see this interesting infographic about fireworks which includes safety tips when using fireworks. 

Some interesting facts included are that the most common place for accidents are at family party (52%) followed by street or public place (27%). Also (3%) of injures have happened indoors and (1%) in cars. 
It makes you realise that their are some people silly enough out there to try and set of fireworks in such an enclosed place. 



If you are going to see fireworks this year please be safe and follow these important tips: 

- Do NOT carry fireworks in your pocket

- NEVER relight fireworks

- PUT used fireworks in a metal bucket filled with cold water 

- ALWAYS supervise children 

- BE AWARE of animals close by 

- NEVER throw fireworks! 


But most importantly make sure you stay SAFE, unfortunately even if you're sensible, not everyone is.
The best place to view fireworks is at an organised display who will have had training and know what to do in an emergency. Or you can be like us and view ones that are being done locally from the safety of your bedroom window. 

30 comments:

  1. I hate fireworks, they're so scary. I can't believe the amount of stupid people out there that aren't bothered about safety when it comes to fireworks x

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  2. These are great safety tips for firework night. I am not sure where I will be going to watch the fireworks this year x

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  3. Fireworks are ace but I do think it is important to remember how dangerous they can be too. Used correctly they can be so much fun :-)

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  4. A great post, firework safety is so important and things can go wrong so quickly. I love fireworks and we always buy some and I am always very aware of safety when using them. x

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  5. Fireworks are always so exciting at Halloween and New Years but you're right - you can't underestimate how dangerous they can be. We're not having any this year but we will hopefully be able to catch a display. Edinburgh seems to have fireworks for every occasion!

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  6. We love fireworks but in not brave enough to do them myself. I'm terrified one will shoot off as my mum had one go into her. Luckily no damage apart from a tiny burn hole.

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  7. I love watching fireworks but the damage they can cause terrifies me, even more so now I'm a mum! Xx

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  8. Great safety tips, I think we'll be going to watch the biggest organised display in town. The bigger they are, the safer they tend to be as it's so high-profile in my experience. I'm looking forwards to it, but I do always feel a little nervous as they can be so dangerous.

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  9. I love fireworks but they are actually illegal out here unless as part of a licenced display so no bonfire night for us.

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  10. Oh I am bit scared of fireworks so tend to watch them from the window, safely from my house!

    They are pretty I suppose. :) Sends our dog berserk though!

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

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  11. This was always drilled into us as a child. It is SO important! Thanks for the reminder, hope it saves a child getting injured.

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  12. Some of this advice is pretty obvious but you'd be surprised how my many need reminding of the dangers of fireworks and fire! I like fireworks, but I never stand close by the were they are being lit, I just don't trust them! xx

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  13. Great tips about fireworks safety which is soooooo very important. My mum made sure she taught us about safety from an early age and it is something we now as parents make sure our children know and do our best to safeguard them and keep them safe.

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  14. I don't like fireworks, they are so dangerous. I don't mind watching them but letting them off? I always cringe when I see people lighting them! I also get nervous letting the kids have a sparkler, I have to hold it with them! Even though they're a bit older now, I still don't like it.
    Great post hun xx

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  15. Thanks for sharing, its always good to have a reminder about this. Unfortunately every year I still hear about kids locally being injured :( x

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  16. I've seen some horrific firework injuries in my time. It can be very dangerous and I like to watch but not go near them. Angela

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  17. To be quite honest fireworks scare me half to death, always have and always will. Im dreading the days when my son is old enough to buy them! Teach them young #Love2Blog

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  18. It's always good to have a refresh on some rules and safety tips. This time of year does really scare me as you get lots of people doing them in their garden who don't fully no what to do and it is so dangerous! Thank you for sharing x

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  19. Really good tips here. Fireworks done in people's backyards are so dangerous, it's awful the injuries that occur! Good idea to watch from your home this year. x

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  20. I was already fuming about them last night. I like fireworks but last night was just a joke. Somebody let off fireworks near the house and Matthew wasn't fully asleep yet. So he woke up having a freak attack. He was crying hysterically. Not nice at all.

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  21. It is important that we educate ourselves and our children about the dangers of handling fireworks because so many deaths are caused each year as not enough awareness is raised. Well done!

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  22. I do love watching fireworks from a distance, but my school talks must have really put the fear of God into me as I'd never light one myself. Scarred by images of getting my hand blown off! x

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  23. I really hate that they sell fireworks in supermarkets for anyone to buy. Some people just do not think of the dangerous consequences. We will be watching from our home too as my little one is far too young at the moment.

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  24. Great tips, it's nice to be reminded of them! I remember my mum was always super protective with me and fireworks, but I did have my first sparkler at 6 years old and it was the best thing since sliced bread! Not sure i'm brave enough to let Abbie have one yet, she'd probably try and eat it haha x

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  25. I love watching fireworks, but I don't buy ones to light at home as they just scare me too much. They can be very dangerous when it goes wrong

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  26. Really good tips here, I don't let my children have sparklers as I'm terrified of them!!! We are having fireworks at my parents house this year as my son is so small - just so we can watch them from the comfort of the house! xxx

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  27. We don't celebrate fireworks night here in Ireland but these are really great tips for anyone who's going to be using fireworks, especially around children. They can be so dangerous so safety is number one!

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  28. Great informative and useful post, thank you for sharing!
    It's Lily's first bonfire night and we will be watching from the comfort and safety of our living room X X

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  29. This is such a great post and something everyone celebrating Halloween with fireworks needs to read. #Love2Blog

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