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Don't let Bonfire Night rocket out of control

18th October 2012

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Issued by Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service.

Around this time of year people will be preparing for Bonfire night and young children in particular will be looking forward to the evening.

Every year, nationally, there are hundreds of injuries caused as a direct result of fireworks. Over half of these are to children under the age of 16. That's a lot of children growing up with burn scars.

Highlands & Islands Fire & Rescue Service advise that, where possible, you attend a professionally organised event. These events normally have good quality displays with plenty of safety measures in place.

In an effort to make this Bonfire night a safe and enjoyable event, Highlands & Islands Fire & Rescue Service recommend you follow this guide to keeping safe on fireworks night:

Only buy fireworks that comply with British Standard 7114 or its European equivalent. Instructions should be in English.

Don't drink alcohol if you're lighting fireworks.

Keep fireworks in a closed box.

Follow the instructions on each firework and be sure they're suitable for home use.

Light fireworks 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 throw fireworks or put them in your pocket.

Always supervise children around fireworks.

Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves.

Don't give sparklers to children under five.

Keep pets indoors.

And remember to have fun!


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