Staying safe with fireworks and halloween outfits

There are a number of rules to remain aware of when using fireworks. Here are some safety tips from the Office for Product safety and standards

Licenced sellers

Buy fireworks from licenced in-store and online retailers. Do not buy fireworks from unknown retailers on social media sites. Remember it is illegal for under 18’s to buy fireworks.

Adhere to using fireworks on celebration dates and stay within time curfews

People are more likely to plan to protect pets and other animals if fireworks are let off on traditional dates. The firework curfew is midnight on Fireworks Night, 1am on Diwali, New Year’s Eve and Chinese New Year, and 11pm the rest of the year.

Follow instructions

Follow instructions carefully when using fireworks, read the box first. read all the safety instructions on the box, so you know important things like how far away people need to stand. If you do not understand the instructions and warnings, do not use the firework. Once any debris has cooled down, tidy it up and soak it in water overnight. Then put it in a rubbish bag and in the bin.

Understand what fireworks you can use at home

Category F1, F2 and F3 fireworks are on sale to the public. A consumer firework will fall into either category F2 or F3 depending on how much of a safety distance it requires. Check you have enough space to safely use a firework before you buy it. Category information can be found on the label.

Take care of your pets

Keep pets inside during fireworks, and give outdoor pets extra bedding to burrow and hide in.

Take care in halloween costumes and sparklers/ fireworks/candles etc

Halloween costumes are made of highly flammable material, and are not considered clothing so don’t adhere to same clothing anti-inflammatory standards. Please keep children in these costumes away from open flames and have a bucket of water available when using sparklers.

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