Firework safety 

It's important to handle fireworks safely to avoid any injuries. Learn how in this video, so that you and your family can enjoy Bonfire Night.

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Transcript of Firework safety

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Despite annual warnings, Bonfire Night very often ends in disaster.

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The kind of injuries that can happen can be serious burns, loss of sight

and, in the most serious cases, loss of limbs.

As you can see, fireworks come in many shapes and sizes.

Many are suitable for garden use

but many are not suitable for small gardens.

This one, for example, it gives you instructions

that spectators must be at least 25 metres away.

It's certainly not suitable for a small garden.

If you can't stand at a safe distance from a large firework,

you're going to be caught by the shell of the firework as it explodes.

Keep fireworks in a closed box and not in your pocket

to eliminate the risk of them being set off by a spark.

A firework exploding very close to your body

can result in serious injury.

Read the instructions and follow them carefully.

These can be found on all fireworks.

Light fireworks at arm's length and stand well back.

Never return to a lit firework, it may explode in your face.

An adult should be responsible for lighting the fireworks.

All boxed fireworks come with a taper

and it's the only safe way to light your fireworks.

Never use a naked flame.

When setting off rockets,

it's really important to use the correct container.

If you're using a bottle, make sure it's firmly set in a bucket of sand.

Sparklers are very pretty and are often viewed as harmless.

To a young child, the heat from a sparkler

is equivalent to the heat from a welding torch.

Sparklers should not be given to anybody under five.

Never hold a baby in your arms when you're holding a sparkler.

They see a pretty light

and it's a natural reaction to reach out and touch it.

Even when a sparkler is finished it can remain hot for quite a long time.

It's important to place it in a bucket of cold water or sand.

We all love bonfires, but if you are going to have one,

make sure your garden is big enough

and set it well away from sheds, fences or the actual house.

Never use petrol or paraffin on a bonfire.

It could explode back in your face and cause very serious injury.

At the end of the night it's important to make sure

that your bonfire is out before you go indoors.

And finally, think about your pets.

Animals do not like bonfires or fireworks.

The noise of the bangs and the flames can frighten them.

Keep them indoors over the firework period.

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