We know that fireworks can bring great enjoyment as part of celebrations and festivals such as Hogmanay, Bonfire Night and Diwali. However when used in an inappropriate or unsafe way, fireworks can have devastating consequences.
This includes the potential for serious harm and injury to be sustained through burns, as well as fireworks misuse contributing towards other factors that link to unintentional harm and injuries happening for already vulnerable groups. For example, anti-social behaviour within a neighbourhood through fireworks misuse could cause people to become intimidated and increasingly isolated as they fear leaving their homes.
More information on firework injuries can be found within the consultation evidence review here.
Awareness raising emerged as a key theme from the fireworks consultation and such campaigns have the potential to reduce firework related injuries. The Scottish Government has therefore worked with national and local partners to run two campaigns in the run up to bonfire night this year in order to improve knowledge and understanding of the safe and appropriate use of fireworks.
“In the four weeks leading up to 5 November 2018, fire appliances across Scotland were mobilised almost 400 times a week.
Our firefighters and fire appliances are being mobilised to hundreds of completely avoidable incidents every year during the Bonfire Night period. A small minority of individuals are potentially putting themselves, our firefighters and innocent bystanders at risk of serious harm and injury. These incidents are a needless drain on our resources when we need to focus on responding to real emergencies - where lives might very well be at risk.
We want people to enjoy Bonfire Night, but to do so safely. We would encourage people to leave fireworks to the professionals, and attend an organised display in their area. Details of organised displays across Scotland can be found on the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s website at https://www.firescotland.gov.uk/your-safety/fireworks-safety.aspx”
We are aware of the vast amount of preventative and diversionary work underway in communities across Scotland to ensure everyone can enjoy a safe bonfire night.
Please get in touch with us about the work you are involved in locally.
We are keen for everyone to get involved in sharing the message to attend only organised displays.
Check out Action Plan to see what work will be taken forward over the coming year and get in touch if you have anything to add.