In the run up to Guy Fawkes night on 5 November, Worsley MP Barbara Keeley is urging residents of Worsley and Salford to take care when using fireworks.
“Although fireworks can be great entertainment, it’s important to use them safely. The majority of fireworks injuries happen at private bonfires and over half of those injuries are to children.
“Even if you think you know how to handle fireworks look again at the Firework Code to ensure that you and your family and friends have a safe and happy time on bonfire night.”
The Firework Code:
- Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114.
- Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks.
- Keep fireworks in a closed box.
- Follow the instructions on each firework.
- Light at arm's length, using a taper.
- Stand well back.
- Never go near a firework that has been lit. Even if it hasn’t gone off, it could still explode.
- Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them.
- Always supervise children around fireworks.
- Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves.
- Never give sparklers to a child under five.
- Keep pets indoors.
More information about the Firework Code can be found on the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills website.