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RoSPA warns families to stay safe this bonfire night

5th November 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has released a statement “reminding families not to gamble with their safety when it comes to fireworks”.

Data collected from the UK reveals that every year, over 1,000 people are injured seriously enough by fireworks to warrant a visit to A&E during the four weeks surrounding bonfire night.

Half of these injuries are suffered by those under the age of 18, despite the fact that the minimum age for buying fireworks is 18.

Only ten per cent of the injuries happen at public displays, with the remainder occurring mainly at small family or street displays. RoSPA is therefore advising that people opt for well-organised public displays this year.

Sheila Merrill, RoSPA’s public health adviser, said: “The safest place to enjoy fireworks is at properly-organised displays, but RoSPA recognises that not everyone can attend such events.”

Ms Merrill urged those who were hosting home displays “to brush up on the Firework Code to ensure their celebration goes off without incident”.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801657056-ADNFCR


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