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Fireworks - Be Safe Not Sorry

28th October 2009

North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service wants everybody to be safe this bonfire night, so here’s some information to ensure the celebrations go safely.

Bonfire night is traditionally a time for friends and family to get together and enjoy the celebrations. We want people to enjoy this year’s Bonfire Night celebrations safely, and would urge people to go along to an organised event, where the fireworks are handled by professionals.
If you chose to hold your own firework display, then following a few common sense rules should avoid accidents happening:

  • Only buy fireworks from a legitimate retailer.
  • Check the fireworks you buy are suitable for the size of the garden and conform to British Standards (BS 7114).
  • Alcohol and fireworks don’t mix.
  • Light fireworks at arm’s length with a taper.
  • Stand well back and keep others back.
  • Never go back to a lit firework.
  • Never play with fireworks or put fireworks in your pocket.
  • Always supervise children around fireworks.
  • Store fireworks in a metal box, kept closed between use.
  • Keep pets indoors.
  • Sparklers can cause serious injury to children if not handled correctly.
  • Do not give sparklers to children under five and closely supervise children over five.

Our message is to enjoy the celebrations, but do so carefully and responsibly.

Further information on firework safety can be found at

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