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'Don't be a fool with fireworks' warns Cornwall fire service
6:00am Monday 4th November 2013 in Cornwall
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service is reminding residents to take care and celebrate safely this Bonfire Night.
While organised displays are by far the safest way to enjoy fireworks, there are steps you can take to stay safe if you are planning your own at home.
“Bonfires and fireworks are a fun way of celebrating, but every year we hear reports of people being injured as a result of accidents which, for the most part, could have been avoided,” said crew manager Mark Pratten from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service.
“Please take care if you are planning a firework display at home,” said Councillor Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for homes and communities. “Make sure you consider any potential hazards and don’t take shortcuts - follow the advice of Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and celebrate safely.”
Top tips from CFRS for staying safe this Bonfire Night include:
• Only buy fireworks from a licensed retailer and marked BS 7114
• Don't drink alcohol if setting off fireworks.
• Keep fireworks in a closed 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 children under five.
• Keep pets indoors.
• Don't set off noisy fireworks late at night.
• If you are having a bonfire, make sure it is well away from houses, trees, fences, sheds and hedges. Build it carefully so that it won’t topple over when lit. Use firelighters to get the bonfire started – never use petrol or paraffin. And make sure you have water nearby to extinguish the fire if it gets out of hand.
For more information on staying safe from fire visit www.cornwall.gov.uk/fire
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