Let me first say that fireworks stand out, can never be completely safe. You can limit the risks to the minimum, but it is never completely safe. Last year I was once again forced to face the facts. An acquaintance also thought it safe to be busy. With safety goggles on his nose, he placed a new firework box on the previous crate. He thought that there was no fireworks in the previous box, but there was still a rocket in the box, which went exactly when he hung above it. No safety goggles helps anymore against this ...
I will spare you details of the consequences.
This is the third year that Rocco (almost 15) has his own fireworks. In the years before, he had some children's fireworks that he was allowed to stand out himself, such as stars, pull rods and jelly peas, but for two years now he has also put down his flares himself. Always in our presence and as safely as possible. That is to say: with protuberance and safety glasses.
Despite all the good instructions, it almost went wrong with him last year. He stuck his 'flying bees' in the garden (with lightning and safety goggles). I still shouted to him: 'Do the sliding door first ...' but before I could finish my sentence, a burning 'Flying bee' flew into my living room, just past Rob's face. Fortunately it went well, but that could have turned out differently.
There are a number of points that you can take into account in order to ensure that the fireworks stand out as safely as possible.
1) Always read the lighting instruction carefully. Preferably just in advance and not on the evening itself. Provide a good preparation. What do you need to properly light the fireworks?
2) Always light the fireworks with a fuse. Never fire fireworks 'out of control'. Always place decorative fireworks firmly and stably.
3) Always wear safety goggles.
4) Point out your child's dangers and make it clear that it is not a toy. Do not let youngsters under 16 always only play fireworks. Make sure an adult is present.
5) Place a PVC tube in the ground for large flares. This can not fall over (such as a bottle). No PVC in the neighborhood? Then dig in your bottle. Possible fireworks can best be clamped between two stones.
6) Take at least 6 meters distance.
7) Preferably wear a leather jacket. Leather is not on fire so quickly. Do not you have any doctrine? In any case, do not wear a jacket with a hood. Fireworks can only end up in that hood. Once it is in, it can no longer work.
8) Never ignore 'used' fireworks. Do not let fireworks go off with peace.
9) Pay attention to the wind direction during parting and pay attention to the bystanders. Are they at a safe distance?
10) Always light up to one firework at a time! Do not bundle your fireworks or take them apart.
There is no cold fire, so the fire of stars is also just hot. Maybe it looks like the starlets coming off are cold, the burning stick is really hot. No less than 1500 degrees! You can imagine that this can cause severe burns.
From what age do fireworks stand out?
Category F1 (12 years)
Fireworks that produce little danger and little noise and are intended for use in a confined space, including fireworks for indoor use.
Category F2 (16 years)
Fireworks that provide little danger and low noise level and are intended for outdoor use in a well-defined location.
Category F3 (18 years)
Fireworks that present moderate danger and are intended for outdoor use in a large open area, and whose noise level is not harmful to human health.
Fireworks which are very dangerous and intended exclusively for use by persons with specialized knowledge and whose sound level is not harmful to human health.
When can you put off fireworks?
Between December 31, 18.00 and January 1, 2.00 o'clock you can legally fire off fireworks. Light the fireworks only outside and never inside.
Make good arrangements with your child when the fireworks are switched off and make clear what the consequences are if he does not keep to the agreements.
Children can be frightened by loud noises and some fireworks can really give very loud bangs. You can therefore consider setting up your baby earcups. It looks like headphones but filters or prevents this sound from damaging your child's hearing or being frightened.