Sparkler Safety in an emergency
Keep calm. You can't help if you're panicking.
Cool the burn or scald with cold water for at least 10 minutes.
Never rub butter, oil or ointment into a burn.
Cut around material sticking to the skin - don't pull it off.
Take off any tight belts or jewellery that the injured person is wearing as burned skin can swell.
Don't touch the burn or burst any blisters.
Cover the burn with clean, smooth, non-fluffy material (like a pillowcase or clingfilm), to keep out infection until it can be properly dressed.
If clothing catches fire, get the person to stop, drop to the floor and roll them in heavy material like a curtain.
Unless the burn is very small, go to hospital.
If the burn is very serious, or the person is (or was) unconscious, dial 999
Don't give a seriously burned person anything to eat or drink after the accident, in case there's a need for anaesthetic at the hospital.
Sparklers can reaches a temperature of up to 2,000°C so make sure you stay safe when using sparklers.
Sparkler Safety tips
Store sparklers and other fireworks in a closed box in a cool, dry place.
Always light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves.
Never hold a baby or child if you have a sparkler in your hand. Plunge finished sparklers hot end down into a bucket of water as soon as they have burnt out. They can stay hot for a long time. Don't take sparklers to public displays. It will be too crowded to use them safely.
Sparkler Safety for Children
Never give sparklers to the under 5s - they will not understand how to use them safely. Always supervise children using sparklers. Give children gloves to wear when holding sparklers. Avoid dressing children in loose or flowing clothes - they may catch light. Show children how to hold sparklers - away from their body and at arm's length. Teach children not to wave sparklers near anyone else or run while holding them.
Firework Top Ten Safety Code for Adults
Young people should watch and enjoy fireworks at a safe distance and follow the safety rules for using sparklers. 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.
1.Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable.
2.Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time.
3.Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary.
4.Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back.
5.Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks.
6.Never return to a firework once it has been lit.
7.Don't put fireworks in pockets and never throw them.
8.Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators.
9.Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire.
10.Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving.
Fireworks and Bonfires Safety
Fireworks, bonfires and sparkles can be fun and a safe celebrations can be had by following some simple guidance and advice on how to stay safe with sparklers, bonfires and fireworks, in line with the law.
Always check the fireworks you buy are suitable for the size of the garden and conform to British Standards (BS 7114; 1988)
Children and vulnerable people are supervised and pets are kept inside and safe.
Do you really need a bonfire? It is much better to manage without one. If you must have a bonfire, ensure you follow these points:
1.Organise it properly
2.Should be at least 18 metres (60 feet) away from houses, trees, hedges, fences or sheds
3.Before lighting, check for animals and children
4.Use domestic firelighters
5.Never use petrol, paraffin or other flammable liquids
6.Never put used fireworks, aerosols, foam-filled furniture, batteries, tins of paint or tyres on a bonfire.
7.Make sure you have a fire break around the bonfire and you have a hose or sufficent water available if you need to extinguish it.
8.Advise the local fire and rescue service directly before and after you lighting and extinguishing your bonfire.