Fireworks can be great fun for families, not just around November 5 (Bonfire Night/Guy Fawkes Night), but also Diwali, New Year’s Eve, and Chinese New Year.
Statistics from the British Pyrotechnics Association show that 10 million people buy and use fireworks in the UK annually with the annual turnover coming to approximately £13.4 million. There are 850 accidental fires in the home that are started every year in England from candles with 150 fires in England started by fireworks every year.
Only adults should deal with setting up firework displays, the lighting of fireworks, and the safe disposal of fireworks, once they have been used (and remember, alcohol and fireworks don’t mix!). Children and young people should be supervised, and watch and enjoy fireworks at a safe distance. These tips from the FIA will make sure the whole family can have fun in a safe responsible manner.
Before you set your firework display up, it is important to make sure you have tested your smoke alarm in case of a firework-related emergency. To find out more on how you can test your smoke alarm read our testing advice.