Northamptonshire residents are being urged to stay safe if holding their own fireworks displays on New Year’s Eve.
Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service would always recommend going to official displays, but if you do choose to hold your own then there are some simple measures to be followed that should ensure the safety of both yourself and any guests.
Make sure you follow manufacturer instructions carefully and read them in the day or by torchlight, never by a naked flame.
Once a firework has been lit never go back to it, and never throw a firework or put it in your pocket. Light them at arm’s length, using a safety firework lighter or fuse wick, and stand well back. Collect fireworks after a display with care, place them in some water and dispose of them properly in a metal container.
Sparklers can reach temperatures of 100°C, so stay safe by ensuring you always wear gloves, preferably leather ones. Supervise children with sparklers and don’t give one to children under the age of five. Hold sparklers at an arm’s length, and don’t wave them near other people. Put used sparklers into a bucket of sand or water.
Always remember to have a bucket of water, garden hose or fire extinguisher ready and on standby, and never drink alcohol when in charge of a fireworks display.
Tina Collett, Prevention Team Leader at Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service, said: “Many people consider fireworks to be harmless fun, when in fact they can be extremely dangerous as they are live explosives.
“You should only buy fireworks from reputable dealers, and make sure you read fireworks labels and follow the directions carefully.”
Always follow The Firework Code, which can be read here: https://www.britishfireworksassociation.co.uk/firework-advice-for-consumers/