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Think about firework safety, RoSPA says

20th October 2010 | Warning Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander.

It is important that safety, such as the use of warning signs, is made a top priority when people prepare for, and enjoy, firework events at home, a leading accident charity has urged.

Now that fireworks are on general sale, people should ensure they think about safety in the build up to November 5th, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has said.

While many people attend an organised public fireworks event on or around bonfire night, there are also many who choose to hold celebrations at home.

The organisation said some of the questions people need to be asking themselves are:

Do you know what the law says about fireworks? Is your garden big enough for your guests to watch from a safe distance? Who will be responsible for setting off the fireworks?

"Every year, hundreds of people are injured by fireworks on and around bonfire night. Far more people are injured at private fireworks parties than at large public displays and, for this reason, RoSPA recommends that people go to an organised event where possible. If you'll be having a fireworks party at home, remember that good planning is crucial. Don't leave safety considerations until the last minute," Jennifer Henderson, RoSPA's home safety officer for Scotland, said.

RoSPA's fireworks website – – contains detailed information about the planning of a fireworks event.

The minimum age for buying category 2 fireworks (most suitable for garden celebrations) is 18 across Scotland, Wales, England and, for the first time this year, Northern Ireland.


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