Be extra careful with fireworks
With Fire Brigades Union members set to strike between 6.30pm and 11pm this evening, Friday November 1, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is warning everyone to take extra care with with fireworks.
The best way to stay safe is to attend an organised display rather than host your own firework party.
However if people insist on hosting their own display it is vital they take the proper precautions to keep them and their guests safe.
Divisional Officer Neil Fenwick said: “Far and away the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend an organised display. Over this weekend and the next there are a number of excellent displays taking place in Essex.
“But if you are going to hold your own display on Friday evening during the strike period it is vitally important that you take extra care.”
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.
Find out where your local organised firework display is taking place by visiting the Service's Facebook page here. http://on.fb.me/1elsmuP
Organisers can also post details of their displays on the same thread.