Ignoring the controversy in Sydney right now, most people would say that attending an organised firework display for New Year’s Eve is the best option – it’s both easier and cheaper. It’s also significantly safer to watch a professional display but, if you are hosting your own celebrations and plan to include fireworks, there is a simple safety code to follow that will help to keep you and your guests safe;
Follow the firework code
- Stand well back from the display
- Keep your fireworks in a closed box
- Only buy fireworks that are CE marked
- Light fireworks at arm's length, using a taper (a slender candle)
- Follow the instructions on each individual firework
- Don't drink alcohol if you are setting off fireworks
- Ensure children are properly (and soberly) supervised
- Never put fireworks in your pocket
- Never throw a firework
- Make sure that pets are inside
- Never go near a firework that has been lit - even if it hasn't gone off it could still explode
It’s also important to note that it is illegal to set off fireworks after 1.00 am on New Year's Eve/Day. For more advice on fireworks displays for organisers, visit the HSE information hub here.
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