Firework Safety: “Stay Safe this New Year’s Eve” says National Accident Helpline

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National Accident Helpline advises firework users to follow the Firework Safety Code this New Year's Eve

New Year’s Eve is a fun and exciting time of year, as long as everyone follows the Firework Safety Code

With New Year’s Eve fast approaching, many people will be planning on attending or holding their own firework display to celebrate the end of the year. The UK’s most experienced accident claims specialist, National Accident Helpline, is advising people across the country to ensure that the correct firework safety measures are put in place in order to prevent avoidable injuries.

With the average firework rocket reaching speeds of 150 miles an hour and a sparkler reaching a temperature of 2,000°C* – that’s 20 times the boiling point of water and five times hotter than cooking oil, it’s crucial that fireworks are treated with the utmost care.

Beth Powell, consumer director at National Accident Helpline, said: “Whether you’re going to a public event or staying in with friends and family, New Year’s Eve is meant to be a fun and exciting time of year, as long as everyone takes care and follows the Firework Safety Code below.”

The Firework Safety Code from RoSPA
1.    Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable
2.    Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time
3.    Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary
4.    Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back
5.    Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks
6.    Never return to a firework once it has been lit
7.    Don't put fireworks in pockets and never throw them
8.    Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators
9.    Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire
10.    Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving

For more information visit the Firework Safety section on the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents’ (RoSPA) website.

Beth added: “We understand that New Year’s Eve is a great opportunity to celebrate the beginning of another year with fireworks, but sadly accidents do happen, and if anyone does suffer a firework injury that could have been prevented, contact National Accident Helpline and speak to one of our legally trained advisors.”

  • NHS Firework Safety advice



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About National Accident Helpline:

National Accident Helpline is the biggest and most experienced personal injury claims company in the UK and has been championing consumers’ rights and providing access to justice since 1993.

The company helps thousands of people every year by putting them in touch with experienced personal injury lawyers in their area.

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