01 Nov 2021
With bonfire night fast approaching, thousands of families will be gearing up to enjoy some firework fun with their family and friends. However, no matter how exciting fireworks can be, there is also a serious side to consider. It is predicted that over 500 children and their families join the growing number of people injured as a result of fireworks between October and November each year. With the anticipated increase in home displays due to many organised displays being cancelled for the second year running, families are advised to exercise caution.
Firework accidents can result in extensive and life-changing trauma to the hands and face, with patients often requiring reconstructive surgery.
The best way to enjoy fireworks is at an organised display. Not only will the fireworks be bigger, but they are responsible for the safety of the event and you will part of the crowd. However, if like in 2020, your local firework displays aren’t taking place and you decide to host your own firework display, here’s how you and your guests can stay safe.
Check your times
Fireworks cannot be let off between 11pm and 7am. The only exceptions to this law is Bonfire Night, when the cut off is midnight, and New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, when it’s 1am.
Buy from a Reputable Seller
You should only purchase fireworks from licenced sellers. Most retailers, including supermarkets can only sell fireworks during certain dates of the year. It is illegal for under-18’s to buy or carry fireworks
Bonfire night can be great fun for all the family, but it’s important to make sure that everyone celebrates safely.
Firework Injury Claims
If you or a member of your family has been injured as a result of either an organised or a private firework display and your injuries weren’t your fault, then you may be eligible to make a personal injury compensation claim.
Burns and scalds are the most common type of firework injury, but other injuries that you could make a claim for include;
If you’ve suffered an accident or injury that wasn’t your fault, speak to our expert personal injury team who can help you find out if you’re eligible to make a claim. Get in touch today via phone (01633 244233) or send an email to email@example.com.
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