Celebrate bonfire night safely

FireworksFire chiefs at Cleveland Fire Brigade are urging everyone who intends to celebrate bonfire night over the coming weeks to stay safe.

Every year people are injured and property is damaged due to the misuse of fireworks and bonfires being illegally set. The safest way to enjoy bonfire night is attending an organised display rather than have one at home.

However, if people decide to buy fireworks, you should always follow the firework code:

  • Keep fireworks in a closed box
  • Follow the instructions on each firework
  • Light all fireworks at arms length
  • Stand well back
  • Never go back to a lit firework
  • Never put fireworks in your pocket
  • Never throw fireworks
  • Keep pets indoors
  • Only buy fireworks which comply with British Standard (BS 7114)

Lol Craven, Arson Task Force Manager with Cleveland Fire Brigade, said, “Every year, over half the injuries that occur are to children under the age of 15. The most common injuries are to the hand, wrists and eyes and most of these are caused by sparklers which is not surprising when they burn over 1000oC. I would urge parents to never leave their children unattended and to follow our safety tips below:

  • Never give sparklers to children under 5 years of age
  • Always supervise children with sparklers
  • Teach them how to hold the sparkler at arms length, but not near anyone else
  • Keep a container of water handy, big enough and deep enough to put a spent sparkler in and put the sparkler in it as soon as it goes out

“We want everyone to enjoy their bonfire night so please heed our advice and stay safe.”

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