Fire safety for the fireworks season
Another autumn, another bonfire night- there have been almost continuous celebrations across the country for the last fortnight and while it has been a welcome respite from the cold and increasingly gloomy evenings, this year still saw fireworks-related hospitalisations.
Almost a 150 people annually are admitted to hospital with fireworks related injuries, many of which could be helped through basic first aid training and basic awareness of fire safety. From the firework code to simple sparkler safety – everything counts toward your safety.
Young adults & children are particularly vulnerable to incidents – under 18’s account for 39% of Bonfire Night A&E admissions. While the fireworks will begin to die down after the weekend, these fire safety tips are worth bearing in mind, as the flammable festivities extend into the New Year’s Eve celebrations. Awareness of the dangers of fire, and the sensible use of fire retardant materials where possible, can help to make fireworks enjoyable, rather than devastating.
The firework code:
- 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.
- 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 a fire is out and surroundings are safe when leaving.
Fire: friend or foe?
It is notable that fire awareness is increasing as incidents involving fire have declined. No small part of this has been the investment by local authorities of some truly owe inspiring public fireworks displays which are much more spectacular than anything you can achieve at home.
It is important to know what to do, if you or anyone near you is endagered by fire. If any clothes catch fire the instructions are stop, drop and roll. These injuries can happen in seconds but the mental and physical scares can last a life time. Enjoy your celebration responsibly so that you can enjoy the memories forever!
As always, ensure that clothing is sensible, and avoid trailing scarves, or full skirts that could easily catch alight.
July 2017 will see the return of the Fire Resistant Polymeric Materials Conference, in Manchester, July 3-6. The University of Bolton and University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) are delighted to be hosting the 16th European Meeting on Fire Retardant Polymeric Materials. Fire research at the University of Bolton has a history spanning nearly forty years in areas of textiles, fibre-reinforced composites and bulk polymers with particular emphasis on development of novel flame retardant systems, fire gas analysis, fire retardant mechanisms and associated modelling.
For further conference information, please click here.