In the run up to this weekend's firework frenzy we thought it important to share some tips for safely storing any fireworks you have bought (or for any left over). Starting by stating the obvious - fireworks contain explosives. Explosives cause...you guessed it - explosions! Therefore any and all fireworks should be handled with extreme caution and stored correctly to keep everyone safe. They're supposed to be fun, after all.
Now that we've established the dangerous part, here are our tips for staying safe this weekend...
Handling fireworks prior to your display
- Keep fireworks away from any sources of heat /ignition. These include (but are not limited to) heaters, naked flames and lit cigarettes.
- Do not smoke whilst lighting or handling fireworks.
- Ensure that the fireworks are kept completely dry.
- Store fireworks in a temperature controlled environment. Simply put: don't store them in places where the temperature changes significantly.
- Restrict entry to the store where the fireworks are kept; children and animals should be kept clear.
- Always store fireworks in their original packaging.
- Do not store fireworks near other flammable materials or liquids.
During your display
- Never put fireworks in your pocket.
- Don't let children near fireworks - lit or unlit!
- Don't light fireworks that are damp or wet.
- Don't handle - or attempt to relight - fireworks that appear to be malfunctioning. Soak them in a bucket of water and leave them to be disposed of the following day.
- Keep the garden hose at the ready and plenty of buckets of water. You'll need quick access to water in the event of a mishap.
- Direct fireworks away from people being careful not to aim them near neighbours' houses.
- Wear protective clothing when lighting fireworks. Flammable materials are best avoided.
- Light fireworks one at a time and move away as quickly as you can.
- Consider the weather; too windy? Leave the display for another day!
Whilst firework displays are beautiful and fun, it's important to remember the damage they can cause. Every year the NHS see life changing accidents caused by fireworks so it is important to remember that they must be handled with care and caution. For a comprehensive guide on the laws surrounding fireworks - and for more tips on safely storing them - you can read the UK Firework Review's advice here
If you think we've missed a tip, or have some handy firework storage and safety tips of your own, leave us a comment below!