Avoid eye injuries on New Year’s Eve

Over the last few years, between 10 and 20 people have suffered eye injuries after using fireworks. If you follow this simple advice, you'll be helping everyone to enjoy safe and injury-free New Year celebrations.

Protect your eyes

Your eyes and face are particularly vulnerable to injuries, so wear protective goggles. Also remember protective goggles for any adults or children who will be standing near the fireworks. You can get protective goggles from most firework distributors either free or for a small charge.

 Over the last few years, between 10 – 20 people have suffered eye injuries after using fireworks

Never give fireworks to children

Fireworks are explosives, and even small quantities are enough to result in permanent injuries. Many children look for leftover fireworks on New Year’s Day. You should therefore clear everything away after you've finished letting off fireworks, so that no-one can be injured by finding any fireworks you've left lying around.

When lighting fireworks, it is your responsibility as an adult to ensure that children and young people stay at a safe distance. It is not only irresponsible, but also illegal to give fireworks to minors.

You must be 18 years or older to buy and use fireworks. Children can use sparklers, provided an adult is there to make sure they're using them carefully.

How to use fireworks safely:

  • Make sure the cake is firm and secure; pack snow around it if there is any.
  • Read the instructions and follow the advice on safety distances when lighting the fireworks.
  • Prevent the fireworks from getting moist or wet.
  • Use protective goggles to prevent eye injuries.
  • Never try to relight a firework that did not go off. If it did not go off the first time, wait 30 minutes, immerse it in water and return it to the distributor.

 How to use sparklers safely:

  • Sparklers should only be used outdoors.
  • Never fasten several sparklers together – this can result in flames so big they can reach your hand.
  • Hold them at arm’s length, well away from other people.
  • Never wave them in front of your own face or anyone else’s face.
  • Use protective goggles to stop sparks getting in your eye.

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