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Fireworks/Bonfire Night

Follow the fireworks code to stay safe:

 • Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114.
 • Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks.
 • Keep fireworks in a closed non-flammable 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 a child under five.
 • Keep pets indoors.
 • Don’t set off noisy fireworks late at night and never after 11pm.

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