11 firework safety tips for your New Year’s Eve celebrations
Ignoring the controversy in Sydney right now, most people would say that attending an organised firework display for New Year’s Eve is the best option – it’s both easier and cheaper. It’s also significantly safer to watch a professional display but, if you are hosting your own celebrations and plan to include fireworks, there is a simple safety code to follow that will help to keep you and your guests safe;
Follow the firework code
- Stand well back from the display
- Keep your fireworks in a closed box
- Only buy fireworks that are CE marked
- Light fireworks at arm's length, using a taper (a slender candle)
- Follow the instructions on each individual firework
- Don't drink alcohol if you are setting off fireworks
- Ensure children are properly (and soberly) supervised
- Never put fireworks in your pocket
- Never throw a firework
- Make sure that pets are inside
- Never go near a firework that has been lit - even if it hasn't gone off it could still explode
It’s also important to note that it is illegal to set off fireworks after 1.00 am on New Year's Eve/Day. For more advice on fireworks displays for organisers, visit the HSE information hub here.
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