Have fun and stay safe this fireworks season

With Bonfire Night and Diwali Celebrations just around the corner, make sure your kids are aware of the safety issues around fireworks. Lots of guidance is available on the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) website, including
the full firework code
www.rospa.com.

Children must be supervised around fireworks, enjoying them from a safe distance. Organised displays are always the safest option, but if you are planning to have a fireworks party at home, make sure only adults deal with setting up, lighting and disposing of the fireworks after use. Remind children never to return to a firework once it has been lit, and never to put fireworks in pockets or to throw them.

Sparklers are great fun, but burns from sparklers can be really serious since they burn at fierce temperatures. Make sure children wear gloves when holding sparklers, and that used sparklers are put straight into a bucket of cold water.

Hot drinks and fireworks parties also tend to go hand in hand. Check hot drinks are well out of children’s reach and away from the edges of tables and worktops where they could be knocked off. A child’s skin is much more sensitive than an adult’s and a hot drink can still scald a child 15 minutes after being made.

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