Firework Safety

“I wouldn’t want another family to have to go through what we have. When I think how relatively minor her burns are, and how much pain she has been through, it’s terrifying.” Maisie’s mother

Stop, drop and roll

Would you know what to do if clothing caught fire on a sparkler, firework or bonfire?

Read and share our advice. Then practice your stop, drop and roll!

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[Image credit: National Fire Prevention Agency]

  • If clothes do catch on a flame, don’t panic – STOP, DROP, and ROLL:
    • STOP what you are doing.
    • DROP to the ground and cover your face with your hands.
    • ROLL over and over to put out the flames.
  • The instinct is to run. So, before your fireworks celebrations, encourage children to practice stopping, dropping to the ground, covering their face with their hands, and rolling over a few times to put out the pretend flames. Why not make it into a game in the garden?

More information on firework safety

Find out how to buy fireworks safely, read our top tips for a safe fireworks display and start teaching young children how to stay safe.

Hear what can go wrong and find out about first aid for burns.

Download and share a free firework safety leaflet.

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