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Tuesday 1 November 2016
Stay safe on Bonfire Night

Every year hundreds of people need hospital treatment after bonfire and firework accidents. We want to help you stay safe so here are a few simple precautions to take.

Sparkler safety for children

Never give sparklers to children under five, and if you're giving sparklers to an older child, make sure they're wearing gloves. Ask them to hold the sparkler at arm's length while you light it, and once it's alight don't let them wave the sparkler near other people. When the sparkler has gone out, help them to put it in a bucket of cold water straightaway.

And top tips for adults

  • Only use fireworks that comply with British Standard BS7114.
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box or tin, away from children.
  • Follow the instructions on each firework — use a torch to read instructions if it's dark.
  • Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, well away from the fireworks.
  • Don't put fireworks in pockets or throw them.
  • Direct any rockets away from spectators.
  • Light fireworks at arm's length with a taper. Then stand well back.
  • Never return to a firework once it's been lit.
  • Don't use paraffin or petrol on your bonfire.
  • Keep well back from a fire.
  • Make sure your fire is out and the surroundings are safe before you leave it.
  • Keep your pets indoors.