FIREWORKS: Helpful Tips On Staying Safe This Bonfire Night

IT S THE time of year when the skies are lit up by fireworks and a number of people will be heading outside to hold their own Bonfire Night celebrations.If you are planning to do so, there are a number of safety tips that you should bare in mind to make

IT'S THE time of year when the skies are lit up by fireworks and a number of people will be heading outside to hold their own Bonfire Night celebrations.

If you are planning to do so, there are a number of safety tips that you should bare in mind to make your November 5 as safe as possible:

* It is an offence to set off fireworks in a public place.

* Fireworks can cause damage or even serious injury if they are used incorrectly.


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* You have to be 16 or over to buy novelty fireworks, such as sparklers, caps and serpents and 18 or over to buy all other types of fireworks.

* Always keep fireworks in a closed box.

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* Follow the instructions on each firework carefully.

* Always stand well back.

* Make sure all pets are kept in doors.

* Never give sparklers to children under the age of five.

* Never put fireworks in your pocket.

* Never throw a firework.

* It is an offence to let fireworks off between 11pm and 7am, except on November 5, Diwali, New Year's Eve and Chinese New Year when the curfew is midnight.

* An organised display is always the safest way to enjoy fireworks - check out our website for a list of displays in the area.

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