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Derbyshire fire service urge residents to stay safe ahead of bonfire night

Derbyshire fire and rescue are urging caution ahead of bonfire night this evening

Station manager Nathan Stevens from the service's prevention department said: "Bonfire night can be a spectacular and colourful evening, but if safety advice is not followed these celebrations can soon turn to disaster. 

"Whilst we recommend people should consider attending an organised bonfire event if possible, many people still choose to hold their own private bonfire party at home.

These are a few simple, precautionary safety measures that can help ensure that everyone stays safe and has fun and enjoys those celebrations without any injury or harm."

The service has published the following tips on Fireworks, bonfires and sparklers:

  • Don't set off fireworks between 11pm-7am.
  •  Keep fireworks in a closed metal box and take them out one at a time
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on each firework. Read them by torch light, not a naked flame, always buy fireworks from a reputable source
  • Light fireworks at arm’s length using a safety firework lighter or fuse wick - then stand back
  • NEVER go back to a firework once lit, it may still go off
  • Collect used fireworks with care, douse with water and bury them or place in a metal container
  • Keep children away from fireworks and bonfires
  • Keep pets indoors
  • Take care with sparklers - young children should not handle these
  • NEVER throw fireworks
  • NEVER keep fireworks in your pocket
  • Keep a bucket of water handy.

 

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