Bonfire Night is approaching and here at Studentpad, we want you to stay safe around the fireworks and sparklers.
By following the Firework Code, you can enjoy the spectacle of colour without ending up in A&E. Injuries caused by fireworks and sparklers can last a lot longer than the 3 years of your degree.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents have a guide on how to stay safe this and every Bonfire Night.
Their 10 point guide is;
- Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable.
- Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time.
- Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary.
- Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back.
- Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks.
- 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.
There will be organised events in your area advertised, so why not visit one of those? It's much safer and you will get more firework action for the price you pay, than you'll be able to have by buying your own.
Even if you're staying at home and watching the fireworks from your student accommodation with a few sparklers, remember that they are very hot and continue to be hot for a while, so when they are out, put them into a bucket of sand or water to make sure that they can cool in a safe place.