FIREWORKS - BE SAFE NOT SORRY
Watching fireworks can be great fun for children. But figures have shown that, more often than not, it’s children rather than adults who get hurt by fireworks.
Don’t put your family at risk.
Follow our easy checklist for a safe home firework display.
Before the display
• Only buy fireworks from a legitimate retailer
• Inform neighbours and be aware of their concerns
• Check the fireworks you buy are suitable for the size of garden and conform to BS 7114
• Read the instructions in daylight or with a torch – never with a naked flame
• Only one person should be responsible for letting off the fireworks
Things you will need on the night
• Torch for checking instructions
• Bucket of water
• Eye protection and gloves
• Bucket of soft earth to stick fireworks in
• Suitable supports for Catherine Wheels, proper launchers for rockets
During the display
• It is illegal to set off fireworks after 11pm (except on 5th November when they can be used up to midnight; and New Year’s Eve, Chinese New Year and Diwali when they can be used up to 1am the following day.)
• Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks
• Light fireworks at arm’s length with a taper
• Stand well back and keep others back
• Never go back to a firework after it 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
• Store fireworks in a metal box, kept closed between use
• Keep pets indoors
After the display
• Wear strong gloves and use tongs to dispose of
• Never throw spent fireworks on a bonfire
• Light one at a time
• Hold sparklers at arm’s length and wear gloves
• Put used sparklers hot end down into a bucket of sand or water.
• Should be at least 18 metres (60ft) away from houses,
trees, hedges, fences or sheds
• Use domestic firelighters
• Never use petrol, paraffin or other flammable liquids
Fireworks: the law
You can’t buy or use ‘adult’ fireworks if you’re under 18, and it’s against the law for anyone to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, except on certain occasions.
Adult fireworks are category 2 and 3 fireworks – they don’t include things like sparklers and party poppers.
The law says you must not set off or throw fireworks (including sparklers) in the street or other public places.
You must not set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am. The exceptions are:
- Bonfire Night, when the cut off is midnight
- New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, when the cut off is 1am
You can only buy fireworks (including sparklers) from registered sellers for private use on these dates:
- 15 October to 10 November
- 26 to 31 December
- 3 days before Diwali and Chinese New Year
At other times you can only buy fireworks from licensed shops.
You can be fined up to £5,000 and/or imprisoned for 3 months for buying or using fireworks illegally. You could also get an on-the-spot fine of £80.
For futher information on the law please follow the link. https://www.gov.uk/fireworks-the-law
Test your smoke alarm this clock change weekend.
The Fire Kills campaign is launching its new campaign this coming clock change weekend. Adopting the line ‘TICK TOCK TEST’, the campaign is encouraging people to test their smoke alarms when they change their clocks.
Smoke alarms save lives, but only if they work, With 197 people dying in fires in the home last year, and over 70% not being alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm, it is essential that people test their smoke alarms regularly.
A working smoke alarm can buy you and your family the valuable time you need to get out, stay out and call 999. You’re more than four times as likely to survive a fire if you don’t have a working alarm.
Fire Kills campaign’s memorable phrase – Tick, Tock, Test – provides a wonderful reminder that will stay in people’s minds and hopefully prompt them into action when they go around their home changing their timepieces.
As part of the Fire Kills campaign, West Midlands Fire Service is determined to prevent as many deaths as possible and make sure people test their alarms when the clocks change on 27 October.
West Midlands Fire Service Spokesperson said:
“Tick, Tock, Test is straight talking, easy to remember and intrinsically links clock change weekend to testing your smoke alarm.
“Everyone soon notices when a clock stops ticking, but it’s not so easy to be sure that your smoke alarm is still in working order. Whether the battery is flat, has been used for a kid’s toy or the connection is loose, everyone should take the time to test. And, as over half the people who died in home fires last year were 65 years old or above, this is also a perfect opportunity to test alarms for older relatives who might find it hard to reach their alarms but are at greater risk.
“By pushing the ‘test’ button on every smoke alarm, you could save the lives of your nearest and dearest – children, parents and friends alike.”
So this clock change weekend, remember – Tick, Tock, Test!
West Midlands Fire Service offer FREE Home Safety Checks. You can receive a visit by your local Fire fighters and get advice and guidance on cooking, electrical safety, night time routines, planning escape routes in case of fire and much more. You may even qualify for a FREE smoke alarm to be fitted.
If you or someone you know would like a free Home Safety Check, please ring FREEPHONE 0800 389 5525 to arrange a suitable appointment and quote: “Partnership reference 811”.
For any other general enquiries regarding Fire Service activities and Fire Safety advice, please contact: Watch Commander Lee Sketchley or Crew Commander Neil Rooker at Smethwick Fire Station 0121 380 7533.