How to stay SAFE on BONFIRE NIGHT
Fireworks night is full of excitement and fun but also brings with it great risk. But by taking a few simple precautions you can make sure that you and your family have a safe and enjoyable evening.
Between 2000 and 2005 there were 6,673 people injured by fireworks, with the highest number of those injuries occurring at private parties.
Most accidents occur at private firework parties which have become more popular in recent years, but it is easy to make sure that your display stays as safe as possible.
TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE
The Firework Code
• Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114.
• Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks.
• Keep fireworks in a closed non-flammable box.
• Follow the instructions on each firework.
• Light them at arm’s length, using a taper.
• Stand well back.
• Never go near a firework that has been lit. Even if it hasn’t gone off, it could still explode.
• Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them.
• Always supervise children around fireworks.
• Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves.
• Never give sparklers to a child under five.
• Keep pets indoors.
• Don’t set off noisy fireworks late at night and never after 11pm.
Information taken from Essex County Fire & Rescue Service
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