“Firework safety risks must not be ignored” warns injury claims specialist

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As bonfire night approaches, National Accident Helpline is urging anyone who is planning on holding their own firework display, to ensure that the correct firework safety measures are put in place to prevent avoidable injuries.

Injury claims specialist National Accident Helpline urges families across the UK to follow the firework safety code.

National Accident Helpline urges families to take firework safety seriously

More needs to be done to reduce the number of avoidable accidents

As bonfire night approaches, injury claims specialist National Accident Helpline is advising people across the country, who are planning on attending or holding their own firework displays, 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.

According to The Eyecare Trust**, “every year 10 people in the UK lose their sight and 300 suffer serious eye injuries as a result of accidents caused by fireworks”. In 2005 (the last year in which statistics were recorded) the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) found that almost 1,000 people were injured by fireworks.

Beth Powell, consumer director at National Accident Helpline, said: “These figures are concerning and clearly show that more needs to be done to reduce the number of avoidable accidents. Bonfire night should be a fun and exciting time of year, as long as everyone takes care and follows the Firework Safety Code.”

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 RoSPA website.

Beth added: “We understand that bonfire night is a great opportunity to celebrate with your family and friends, 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


** Eyecare Trust Firework Safety Alert


Notes to Editors

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.

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