We all know about the dangers of fireworks. And although they can be mesmerising to look at, there are still a high number of people who sadly sustain life-altering injuries from fireworks each year.
Injuries can include third degree burns, hearing damage, sight loss and smoke inhalation, not to mention cuts, bumps and bruises to the head.
Even pretty sparklers, which many parents believe to be safe, can cause serious injuries. More than half of the fireworks injuries to children under the age of five are caused by sparklers.
Advice from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is to attend a safely organised bonfire and firework display.
However if you must have a bonfire at home make sure it is well away from buildings, vehicles, trees, hedges, fences, power lines, telecommunications equipment and sheds – and you must ensure that smoke does not cause a nuisance to neighbours or flying embers endanger neighbouring property.
Some of the top safety tips the SFRS have issued include:
- Never drink alcohol if you are tending a bonfire or setting off fireworks – remember it is an offence to consume alcohol in a public place.
- To reduce the emission of harmful smoke and combustion products bonfires should comprise of untreated wood and paper based materials only.
- There is a danger of explosion from pressurised containers or sealed vessels amongst bonfire material or irresponsibly thrown on burning bonfires.
- Never throw fireworks on bonfires.
- Never use flammable liquids to ignite bonfires – use proprietary fire lighters.
- Smoke from bonfires must not pose a public nuisance, affect visibility on roads or otherwise inconvenience vehicles.
- Sparks, flying embers or burning debris must not endanger nearby property.
- Never leave a burning/smouldering bonfire unsupervised – make sure it is completely extinguished.
- Any bonfire failing to satisfy safety conditions or where people are behaving irresponsibly may be deemed dangerous and as such, subject to being either removed, extinguished or otherwise made safe.
Claiming compensation for a fireworks injury
Although it is recommended that families attend organise displays on bonfire night, injuries at public Guy Fawkes events aren’t unheard of.
If you have been injured in a bonfire incident and believe it wasn’t your fault, we can assist you in helping to achieve the best compensation possible. Contact us today.