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Firework injuries: compensation and the law

Every year thousands of people need hospital treatment for firework related injuries. These injuries are not restricted to bonfire night, although the numbers do increase in November.

Fireworks can cause a range of injuries, most often to the eyes, head or hands. Sometimes the burns are so severe that people can be left with visible scars for life.

Many are injured at private or family events where the risks have not been properly assessed.

Fireworks and the law

It is illegal to set off or throw fireworks, even sparklers, in the street or any public place. Fireworks must not be set off after 11pm, except on bonfire night when the cut off is midnight. On New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year the cut off is 1am.

For some useful tips and guidance see the RoSPA website Firework safety – RoSPA

How we can help

If you are unfortunate enough to be injured in a bonfire incident or as a result of fireworks and believe it wasn’t your fault, we can help you claim compensation.

Our personal injury team has experience in handling these types of claims and will be there every step of the way to support you.

You can be certain that our expert team has the skills needed to make sure you are properly compensated for your losses and your claim for compensation is settled as quickly as possible whilst providing you with support and empathy.

If you would like more information or just want to chat about your options, contact our team today – call 01302 320621.

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Happy bonfire night – safety tips

Have a safe and happy bonfire night.

November is upon us and with it comes shorter days, darker nights and of course bonfire night!  It’s an exciting time when family and friends get together, lighting fireworks and bonfires and enjoying themselves.

It can also be a dangerous time.  So, whether you are storing and/or selling fireworks, or organising firework displays, guidance is available to help you undertake these activities safely – see The Health & Safety Executive website.

If you are thinking of having a bonfire or fireworks in your garden always think – safety first.

Here are some of our top tips for a safe enjoyable night for everyone:

  • Plan your firework display in advance – where people will be, where the fire/fireworks will be etc
  • Check the safety instructions on all the packaging, including safe distances required for each firework
  • Store fireworks securely and keep away from naked flames and cigarettes
  • Use a torch if necessary
  • Keep children and spectators away from the fireworks
  • Direct any fireworks well away from spectators
  • Never return to the firework to check if it has been lit
  • Position bonfires away from buildings, fences, hedging or trees – bonfires can get out of control very quickly
  • Always ensure that you check and monitor weather conditions, especially if strong winds are expected
  • Ensure pets are safe and secure and not left outside

Have a happy bonfire night – and stay safe!