How can I store fireworks safely?
There's something about the thrill of fireworks, the excitement and delight of watching the colourful displays light up the night sky that brings out the inner child in all of us. And at this time of the year, with Bonfire Night and the New Year's celebrations, firework shows across the UK add that magic to festivities.
However, although there is the fun side of fireworks, they can be dangerous so it is important to remember the safety aspects when handling fireworks. Failure to do so causes risk of accidents, fires, explosions and bodily injury to adults and children. Each year, according to theNational Campaign for Firework Safety, approximately 1,000 people in the UK have injuries that are caused by the use of fireworks.
Before you plan a fireworks show, refer to the Safety points as listed by NFU Mutual:
Fireworks for private displays can only be kept for less than 14 days before being used (Control of Explosives Regulations 1991)
Fireworks should be kept in a sealed, marked metal box in a safe dry place.
They should be stored well away from heat and naked flame.
Potential hazards to think about include sparks from electrical & gas appliances, matches, garden and DIY tools and accessories, petrol in cans and cars parked in the garage.
Take precautions to ensure that children cannot access the stored fireworks
To read about the safest way to store fireworks and discover a safe alternative to fireworks - read the full article on our Shedforce Blog here.