No one wants a bonfire night to be remembered for the wrong reasons. If you are renting a property in St Albans or Harpenden and want to have a bit of a party it is tempting to want to use the garden but fires and fireworks have real risks, it can be all too easy to accidentally damage property or the garden and it could lead to you losing your deposit as you would be liable for any damage caused.
According to the NHS there are over 1,000 firework-related injuries every year as people forget that fireworks can travel at speeds up to 150mph and just three sparklers burn together at the same heat as a blowtorch. The majority of these firework-related injuries happen at family or private parties in gardens up and down the country.
If you are determined to have a home firework display here are some top tips to make it as safe as possible:
1) Only buy fireworks from a reputable retailer
2) Make sure any bonfire it’s at least 18m (60ft) away from buildings trees, hedges, fences or sheds
3) To avoid your fireworks ‘firing’ in the wrong direction, use a bucket of sand or soft earth to launch them
4) Watch the weather, any sudden changes in wind direction could change the direction of aerial fireworks
5) Don’t ever light fireworks in or near your property
6) Never throw any used fireworks on a bonfire
7) Never use flammable liquids like paraffin or petrol to get a bonfire going
If you want Saturday 5th November to be a real evening to remember perhaps it’s safer to head out to one of the many public Hertfordshire firework displays like the annual event that takes place in Verulamium Park in St Albans specifically to help reduce firework accidents. Over the years their displays have also managed to raise over £730,000 for charity and benefit others. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office or booked online and collected from the Box Office up until 3.30pm on Saturday 5th November. Reduced Ticket Prices (in advance) Telephone 01727 890290.
*Source: NHS choices