Published: Tuesday 02 November 2021

Whether you're joining a public firework display or having one at home, it pays to be aware of a few safety tips.

Unfortunately there are injuries every year as a result of fireworks, bonfires or sparklers.

Evidence shows that public firework displays are safer than ones held at home. In which case, if it is possible to join a public display rather than stage your own, it's certainly the safer option.

However, if you do decide to host your own firework or bonfire event, keep these tips in mind for a safer time:

  • Ensure all children are properly supervised both around the bonfire or any fireworks.
  • Do not wear loose clothing or anything that could flap into a fire. Similarly, tie back long hair.
  • Fireworks should be kept in a box, and removed one at a time.
  • Use a taper to light your firework and keep it at arm’s length. Do not have any other naked flames or cigarettes around the fireworks.
  • Make sure fireworks are pointed to fire away from people.
  • Nominate one person to be responsible for the bonfire so they are fully aware of when it is lit, managing it when it is alight and ensuring that it is properly extinguished.
  • Situate your bonfire or firework display away from any wooden objects such as fences, benches, sheds or gazebos.
  • Make sure that you have a bucket of water on hand for any accidents or to put out any loose material that escapes from the fire.
  • Do not use petrol, paraffin, meths or any other flammable liquid to ignite your fire. Fire-lighters are a safer method.
  • As mentioned previously, make sure that the fire is extinguished properly at the end of the night.
  • Your display should legally be finished by 11pm.

Whether you're a childcare professional or a parent/carer, we have a first aid course for you. Our Paediatric First Aid course for professionals is available as a face-to-face course in either Brighton or Angmering. Take a look at the dates here.

Parents, carers and family members can learn essential first aid skills at their own pace with our online Baby and Child First Aid course. Here's more information about how it works.


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