- Supervise all children carefully and keep them well back from the bonfire and fireworks
- Never give sparklers to under-fives
- Show older children how to hold sparklers – away from their body and at arm’s length – and teach them not to wave them at other people or run while holding them
- Avoid dressing children in loose or flowing clothes that could catch alight easily, and give children gloves to wear when holding sparklers
- Steer clear of alcohol if you’re running a display or looking after kids
Did you know that sparklers get five times hotter than cooking oil? Sparklers are not toys and should never be given to a child under five.
- Store sparklers and other fireworks in a closed box in a cool, dry place
- Always light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves
- Never hold a baby or child if you have a sparkler in your hand
- Plunge finished sparklers hot end down into a bucket of water as soon as they have burnt out. Remember, sparklers can stay hot for a long time.
- Don’t take sparklers to public displays. It will be too crowded to use them safely
In an emergency
- Cool the burn or scald with cold water for at least 10 minutes
- Cut around material sticking to the skin – don’t pull it of
- Don’t touch the burn or burst any blisters
- Cover the burn with clean, non-fluffy material – clingfilm is ideal – to prevent infection
- If clothing catches fire, get the person to stop, drop to the floor and roll them in heavy material like a curtain
- Get advice from your doctor or accident and emergency department at your local hospital
Please also remember that it is an offence:
- To set off fireworks between 11.00pm and 7.00am (or after midnight on bonfire night).
- To modify, tamper with or misuse fireworks.
- To throw or set off fireworks (including sparklers) in any highway, street, thoroughfare or public place.
- To sell fireworks to anyone under 18.
- For anyone under 18 to possess fireworks in a public place.
- For anyone other than a fireworks professional to possess display category fireworks.
- To cause unnecessary suffering to any domestic or captive animals.