Halloween fun and fireworks - where and when to find them
FIREFIGHTERS are urging people to follow the Fireworks Code this bonfire night.
The Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service say whether you are organising a display for your friends, family or the general public the storage, handling and use of fireworks must be done with the utmost care.
A spokesman said: "We want you to have a good time this year, but stay safe. By keeping to the firework code, you can be sure you are doing all you can to reduce your risk."
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Community Safety Manager Phil Martin is keen to ensure people find a local organised display. He said: “The majority of accidents happened at private parties.
"Organised displays will be safer than having a party of your own.
"Many council websites list the organised displays in their areas, so go online and find one near you. If you do hold your own party, make sure you follow the firework code, which can be found on our website.”
Follow these simple do’s and don’ts to keep safe:
Do’s and Don’ts:
• 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 torchlight – NEVER a naked flame
• light fireworks at arm’s length using a safety firework lighter or fuse wick.
• stand back after lighting
• NEVER go back to a firework once lit – it may go off in your face
• keep a bucket of water handy
• used fireworks should be collected after the display with care. Douse with water, bury or place in a metal container
• keep children under control
• keep pets indoors.
Sparklers are fun, but always:
• supervise children with sparklers and never give them to a child under five
• light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves
• put used sparklers hot end down into a bucket of sand or water
• other tips on the night
• finally, follow these other rules for a safe night:
• keep pets indoors – most animals get very scared by the lights and noise from fireworks
• never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them
• never throw spent fireworks on a bonfire
• take care around bonfires – all clothes, even those labelled ‘low flammability’,