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Handle fireworks with care

27.12.2013 From our online archive
Every year, emergency services report injuries connected to New Year's Eve fireworks, from injured hands and faces to hearing problems. Here are some tips and tricks on how to safely handle the crackers and rockets.

(CS) Every year, emergency services report injuries connected to New Year's Eve fireworks, from injured hands and faces to hearing problems. Here are some tips and tricks on how to safely handle the crackers and rockets.

  • When buying fireworks it is important to ensure that they come with a BAM number, ensuring that the fireworks were tested for safety. Cheap imports or self-made fireworks should be avoided. Fireworks should also not be tampered with in any way.
  • Until the fireworks are used they should be stored in a cool and dry place, out of reach of children and away from flammable materials, matches or lighters. Firecrackers should not be carried around in jacket or trouser pockets.
  • Make sure to carefully read the manual.
  • When lighting the fireworks make sure to keep your distance from other people and adjoining buildings. Do not aim the fireworks at animals, other people, buildings or objects.
  • Rockets need to be fired from a vertical and secure position, for example an empty bottle standing on a stable box. They should not be lit while held in a hand and should also not be stuck into the ground.
  • Children should be supervised at all times, also when using child-friendly smaller crackers.
  • Drunk people should not be allowed to handle the fireworks.
  • Once lit, immediately step away from the fireworks.
  • Fireworks, which do not explore properly, also known as duds, should be treated with care. Do not try to light them for a second time. Instead pour water over them after a few minutes and then throw them away.
  • Make sure your own home is safe. For example, flammable material should be removed from the vicinity of the fireworks and pets should be kept indoors.

Reporting by Hülya Atasoy