Remember, remember the 5th November! Toffee Apples, Parkin, and the sky lit up with an array of colours and light. It’s one of my favourite nights of the year and I’ll be wrapping up warm and heading out with my family to one of our locally organised events. Whether you’re staying at home and doing your own fireworks or heading out to an organised event, be sure to stay safe. See below for some top tips from The Fire Service UK and details of some of the events taking place locally.
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Having fireworks at home can be great fun, as long as they are used safely. Figures show more children rather than adults get hurt by fireworks. Over the past few years over 350 pre-school children, some only a year old, were treated in hospital for fireworks injuries.
Be safe not sorry
Fireworks are safe if you use them properly. If you’re putting on a home display, you should follow some simple steps to make sure that everyone has a good time without getting hurt.
Keep kids safe
We want children to enjoy fireworks but they need to know that they can be dangerous if they are not used properly. Each year, over half of all firework injuries are suffered by children. The Child Accident Prevention Trust have more guidance on keeping kids safe.
Did you know that sparklers get five times hotter than cooking oil? Sparklers are not toys and should never be given to a child under five.
Where to buy
Don’t cut corners just to save a few pounds. Always buy fireworks from a reputable shop to make sure that they conform to British Standards. This means that they should have BS 7114 written on the box.
Sometimes shops open up for a short time before Bonfire Night but these may not be the best places to buy fireworks from. Staff in these shops might not be very knowledgeable about using fireworks safely and their fireworks might not meet British Standards.
Whatever you do, don’t buy fireworks from anywhere you’re not sure about, such as the back of a van or from a temporary, unlicensed market stall.
What to buy
There are different categories of fireworks. Members of the public can buy and set off most of the fireworks that come under Categories 1 to 3. These are fireworks that include those that you can use indoors, in your garden or at a display. Always read the packet carefully and make sure that the fireworks you buy are suitable for the place where you are going to set them off.
Some fireworks can only be bought and used by firework professionals. These include: air bombs; aerial shells, aerial maroons, shells-in-mortar and maroons-in-mortar; all bangers; mini rockets; fireworks with erratic flight; some Category 2 and 3 fireworks which exceed certain size limits; and all Category 4 fireworks.
Setting them off
Only one person should be in charge of fireworks. If that’s you, then make sure you take all the necessary precautions. Read the instructions in daylight and don’t drink any alcohol until they’ve all been discharged. Make your preparations in advance, and in daylight.
On the night, you will need:
A bucket or two of water
Eye protection and gloves
A bucket of soft earth to put fireworks in
Suitable supports and launchers if you’re setting off catherine wheels or rockets.
Details of Local Displays
Light In The Night Bonfire Blast 2017 at Heaton Norris Park
Where: Heaton Norris Park, Love Lane, Stockport, SK4 1JA
When: Sunday 5th November 2017
Marple Bonfire and Fireworks
Saturday: 4th November 2017
Brabyns Park, Marple
Bonfire 7.00p, Fireworks 7.30pm
Tickets: In Advance – Adults £3.00 Child (Under 16) £2.00
On The Gate – Adults £5.00 Child (Under 16) £3.00
Tickets available from Hollins of Marple, Marple Bridge Stores, Marple Post Office and Scout & Guide Leaders
Bramhall Firework & Music Festival at Stockport Rugby Club
Where: Stockport Rugby Club on Headlands Rd, Bramhall, Stockport
When: Friday 3rd November 201
Doors Open at 5:00PM
Individual Ticket Price:
£5.00 – £15.00*
Group Ticket Price:
£20.00 – £50.00*
Tel: 0161 439 2150
Find out more here
Woodford Community Centre
Where: Woodford Community Centre, Chester Rd, Woodford. SK7 1PS
When: Sunday 5th November.
The gates open at 6pm, the bonfire will be lit at 6.30pm. The children’s display begins at 7pm and the main display will be at 7.45pm. Event closes at 9pm.
Tickets will be available from Budgens Store Woodford, Online via TicketSource and the Centre itself.
The Piggy Bonfire and Fireworks Extravaganza
Where: The Foresters Arms, Greave, Romiley, SK6
When: Saturday 4th November, 6.30pm to 11:00pm
A Fantastic Bonfire & Fireworks Extravaganza, including;
Outside Bar, Toffee Apples, Treacle Toffee, Hot Food, Magician, Music
No Wellies Required.
The Heatons Sports Club
Where: The Heatons Sport Club, Green Lane, Heaton Moor
When: Sunday 5th November
Gates open at 4pm, Display at 7:00pm. Food and refreshments, indoor and outdoor bars, children’s rides.
£10 Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children under 16) available from the club in advance or prices on the night: Children – £2, Adults £5.
Advance tickets can be purchased from the bar Monday – Thursday from 6pm, Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon.
Stockport Mumbler endeavours to keep all information up to date, but strongly recommends checking details with the organiser before you travel