Fireworks are a traditional part of enjoying celebrations such as Bonfire Night or New Year but they cause of hundreds of serious accidents every year.
The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to go to a professionally organised event.
If you buy fireworks, make sure they are marked for 'Indoor, Garden or Display' use.
Organising public displays
Professionally organised displays are regulated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
- Organising firework displays - HSE website
Retailers selling fireworks must be registered with Oldham Council's Trading Standards who investigate problems with unsafe products.
- Phone: 0845 404 0506
- Keep fireworks in a sealed box or tin and use them one at a time, replacing the lid immediately
- Never put fireworks in your pocket
- Read the instructions carefully, using a torch or hand lamp never use a naked flame
- Light fireworks at arms length using a taper or a firework lighter
- Stand well back and never return to a firework after it has been lit, it could explode in your face
- Ensure that all children with fireworks are well supervised
- Never throw fireworks
- Take care of sparklers, wear gloves to hold them and dispose of sparklers in a bucket of water as soon as they are finished
- Make sure it's well away from your house and any trees, hedges, fences or sheds
- Never use a flammable liquid like petrol or paraffin to get one going
- Check very carefully that there's no animal (or even a young child) hidden inside the bonfire
- Don't light it until after all your fireworks have been let off
- Keep everyone a safe distance away, and don't allow anyone to throw anything onto it
- Loose clothing (like shell-suits and scarves) can very easily catch fire and should not be worn near the bonfire