After all the ghouls & ghosts lay to rest again at the end of October, the fireworks & bonfires start to appear for November 5th.
Holiday Parks very rarely organise displays, due to the obvious fire risk with the Holiday Homes but more & more people are deciding to have private parties. Here's a few facts & figures to consider if you're organising a firework display for your nearest & dearest:
INJURY FIGURES TO REMEMBER:
- Around 1000 people are treated for firework injuries on & around Nov 5th
- 5% of those injuries are serious & life-threatening
- The majority of injuries occur at private firework parties
- Around half of all injuries are children under the age of 17
- The most common injuries are to the hands, faces & eyes
- Only buy from a licensed retailer. It is illegal for them to sell to anyone under 18
- Make sure they comply with British Safety Standard 7114 & instructions are in English
- Buy in full packs, never purchase loose fireworks, or packs with fireworks missing
- Examine for damage, if they are damaged in any way - walk away!
- Fireworks can only be bought by adults aged 18 or over
- Fireworks should comply with British Safety Standard 7114 or the European equivalent
- Instructions should be in English
- You can only buy fireworks from a registered seller for private use between 15 October - 10 November, 26-31 December, 3 days before Diwali & the Chinese New Year. At other times you can only buy fireworks from licensed shops
- It is against the law to set off fireworks (inc sparklers), in the street or a public place
- It is against the law to throw fireworks
- It is against the law to set off fireworks between 11pm-7am, exceptions being Nov 5 (when the limit is 12-midnight) & New Year's Eve, Diwali & the Chinese New Year (when the limit is 1am)
- The fine for selling or using fireworks illegally is up to £5,000 and/or imprisonment for up to 6 months + on-the-spot fines of £90 can be issued.
THE FIREWORK CODE:
- Store fireworks safely: away from naked flames & water
- ALWAYS READ THE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THEM
- Don't drink alcohol if you are lighting fireworks
- Keep fireworks in a closed box
- Always have plenty of buckets of water around the firework area
- Follow the instructions on each firework & make sure they are intended for home use before you use them
- Light fireworks at arm's length using a taper
- Stand well back
- Never go back to a firework that has been lit, it could go off at any point
- Never throw fireworks
- Light sparklers one at a time & wear gloves
- Never give sparklers to children under the age of 5
- Always supervise children around any fireworks
- Keep the poor pets indoors
*** Handy ETK tip: if you are letting your children use sparklers, put the "holding end" into a potato - it's much easier for them to hold than the end of the sparkler itself
DON'T FORGET THE PETS!
- Pretty obvious: BUT keep them inside!
- Don't alter your routine, but try to make sure you are not out walking your dog when the fireworks are going off!
- If your pet finds somewhere to hide inside - leave them there. They will come out when they feel relaxed & ready
- Create a diversion! A toy, or a quick game can help to distract from the noise
- Close all your windows & curtains, turn the TV up a bit - it'll help cover the firework noise
- Some find a plug-in diffuser helps
- In severe cases, sedatives can be obtained from your vet
IF THE WORSE HAPPENS:
- Immediately get the person away from the source of heat to stop the burning
- Cool the burn with lukewarm or cool water: NEVER use cold or iced water. Do not use the "old wives tale" of putting butter on it!
- Remove any clothing or jewellery that is near the burn: BUT DO NOT remove anything that is directly ON the burn area (if you take the clothes off, you will also take layers of skin with it)
- Make sure the person keeps warm, but do not rub the burn
- Place a layer of clingfilm over the burn
- Serious burns need medical attention as soon as possible - children under 5 or pregnant women should seek medical attention for any burn or scald.
- Sparklers get FIVE times hotter than cooking oil
- A rocket can reach speeds of 150mph
- A firework shell can reach up to 200m
- 3 sparklers burning together generate as much heat as a blowtorch
- You see the firework explosion before hearing it: light travels at 671 million mph, sound 761
- The UK spends around 15million on fireworks every year
- The ONLY place in the Uk to actively NOT celebrate November 5th is St Peter's School in York, where Guy Fawkes was a pupil
- The world's largest firework display was in Dubai on December 31st 2013: consisting of 479,651 fireworks stretching over 59 miles along the seafront
- Orange (calcium) is the easiest firework colour to produce, with blue (copper oxide) being the hardest
- Fireworks were created between the 7th-9th Century in China
- Fireworks were first used in the UK at the wedding of King Henry VII in 1486
- The word "Bonfire" is actually derived from "Bone-Fire" which dates back to Celtic Britain when the bones of animals & traitors were burnt
ETK wish you a safe November 5th