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Last Updated: Friday October 26 2007 15:02 GMT

Firework safety

The most common firework injuries in 2004 were caused by rockets (283), sparklers (149) and air bombs (121).

Lots of these injuries happened to children under the age of 16.

Safety is very important and cannot be stressed enough when using fireworks.

The Royal Society for the prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) advise that only adults should deal with fireworks and that children should watch from a safe distance.

Also, packets of sparklers carry a warning: "Not to be given to children under 5 years of age."

Never put them in your pocket
Make sure an adult is always present
Light them one at a time
Wear gloves
Hold them at arm's length
When it goes out put the hot end in a bucket of water. Otherwise it could still burn you.

Adults using fireworks should follow the Firework Code.


Pets get very frightened by fireworks, so keep all your pets indoors and close all the curtains.

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