Reduce the Risks of Displaying Fireworks
October 30, 2014
Fireworks are an indispensable part of celebrations such as Bonfire Night and New Year’s Eve. When you put on a special event with fireworks, take precautions to reduce the risks and keep your employees and spectators injury-free.
Know the Risks
Injuries and accidents mainly occur because many people don’t realise just how dangerous fireworks can be. All fireworks pose potential risks of burns, blindness and other injuries. Educate your employees by providing them with recommendations for using fireworks safely.
Be sure that you are in compliance with all applicable regulations, including the Firework (Safety) Regulations 1997 and the subsequent amendments. The laws regulate who can purchase and use fireworks, when they can be purchased, when they may be used and what the maximum noise levels may be. Under these regulations, the industry focus is not only on product safety but also on the reduction of accidents and injuries.
Insure Your Event
Though it’s not required by health and safety law, don’t forget to confirm that you are properly insured for your event, especially for injuries that may occur as a result of the fireworks.
Regardless of whether you hire a professional firework display operator or release the fireworks yourself, you should consider public liability insurance, which offers protection in the event of injury or damage to a spectator or third party property. If you frequently host fireworks displays, consider purchasing a year-round policy. Keep in mind that most policies will only cover events that comply with firework display regulations. Other covers to consider are event cancellation insurance, weather insurance and special event insurance.
For more information about these specialist policies please contact CLA Insurance.