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Firework Safety Tips from Cumbria Fire Service

Posted by StreetSafe on November 3, 2010

Firework Safety Tips from Cumbria Fire Service
Your best bet is always to go to a properly organised display, but if you do decide to celebrate at home there are some easy tips to follow.

•To make sure you don’t hurt yourself, wear gloves when playing with sparklers.
•It’s a really good idea to have a bucket of water close-by to put sparklers in when they have finished – remember they are still really hot even when they have gone out.
•When your family buy fireworks, they need to always be British Standard marked fireworks in compliance with registered number: BS7 114.
•Fireworks should always be kept in a sealed metal box or biscuit tin, never put fireworks in your pockets.
•It is really important that the adult responsible for arranging and lighting the fireworks reads all the instructions.
•Never, ever throw a firework.
•Once a firework has been lit, don’t go anywhere near it – make sure everyone watching is a safe distance away.
•If you have a bonfire it should be built far away from any hedges, buildings or fences, and there should be a garden hose ready in case of any emergencies.
•Keep all pets indoors.
•Oh and finally, this one is for mums, dads or anyone organising a display at home: fireworks and alcohol do not mix – it’s a good idea to nominate an adult who isn’t drinking at the party to be in charge of the fireworks.
•So celebrate safely, always follow the Firework Code and have a great Bonfire Night!

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