Two thirds of these were male and almost a third were under 16.
The safest way to watch fireworks is at an organised display where they can be enjoyed from a safe distance. Only adults should deal with firework displays and the lighting of fireworks. They should also take care of the safe disposal of fireworks once they have been used.
Fireworks are often used at different events and religious occasions throughout the year – but the same rules still apply:
- Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable.
- Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time.
- Follow the instructions on each firework, using a torch if necessary.
- Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks.
- Light the firework at arm’s length with a taper and stand well back.
- Never return to a firework once it has been lit.
- Don’t put fireworks in pockets and never throw them.
- Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators.
- Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire.
- Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving.
- Keep pets indoors.
- Wear goggles and protective clothing when lighting fireworks.
- Never give them to children under five.
- Always wear gloves with sparklers.
- Children should keep the sparkler at arms length while an adult lights it.
- Never wave it about near someone else, as you could burn them.
- Never hold a baby in your arms when you are holding a sparkler.
- When the sparkler has finished, put it into a bucket of cold water straight away and leave it there.
Related external links
Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform -www.berr.gov.uk/fireworks/games.htm (English only)
UK Firework safety - www.fireworksafety.co.uk (English only)
Safer fireworks - www.saferfireworks.com (English only)