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Have A Safe And Fun Bonfire Night

on Fri, 03/11/2017 - 10:57am

Having your own fireworks party or celebrating with family and friends can be great fun. But by far the safest way to enjoy these seasonal activities is to attend a professionally organised event.

Please think of others and remember that fireworks should not be let off between 11pm and 7am (this is extended to midnight on Bonfire night). And that setting off a firework in a public place is an offence.
Always follow the fireworks code:

  1. Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable
  2. Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time
  3. Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary
  4. Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back
  5. Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks
  6. Never return to a firework once it has been lit
  7. Don't put fireworks in pockets and never throw them
  8. Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators
  9. Never light fireworks near pets or livestock
  10. Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire
  11. Never have a bonfire within 100m of a thatched property
  12. Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving 

You should also remember:

  • Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114, EN 14035 or EN 15947
  • Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks
  • Always supervise children around fireworks
  • Never give sparklers to children under five
  • Don’t forget your pets! Keep them safe indoors and make sure they have a comfortable, quiet space to relax in.

From a TVP 'Thames Valley Alert' email received 2/11/17.