The cold nights are closing in and it’s the time of year for bonfires, fireworks and baked potatos. When we say the rhyme ‘Remember, remember the 5th November. Gunpowder, treason and plot.
Bonfire night is on it’s way and there will be much fun to be had by all, however it is a time where a lot of injuries can happen as result of fireworks and such. During 2014 – 2015 there were 4,506 people admitted to A and E for firework related treatment. This was a 111% increase on the 2009 – 2010 figures.
If you’re a particular fan of fireworks remember the following:
- It is illegal to sell fireworks to anyone under 18 years of age. The maximum penalty is £5,000 and/or 6 months in prison.
- It is illegal to set off fireworks between 11.00pm and 7.00am (extended to 12 midnight on Bonfire night.)
- It is illegal to let off any fireworks in a public place, the offence carries a fine of up to £5,000. Police may also issue an £80 Fixed Penalty Notice.
- All fireworks sold to the public must comply to British Safety Standard BS 7114.
- The police have the power to stop and search anyone suspected of carrying fireworks.
- The sale of bangers, mini rockets, fireworks that fly erratically (squibs, helicopters etc), aerial shells and maroons is illegal.
- Irresponsible use of fireworks can damage property, cause injury, scare people (particularly the elderly) and frighten animals.