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Remember, Remember, stay safe in November

Remember, Remember, stay safe in November

Whether you’re visiting a bonfire to remember the 5th November, or letting loose fireworks to celebrate Diwali, it’s important to stay safe and make it a memorable night for all the right reasons.

If you’re buying fireworks you should only buy those marked BS 7114, and remember that it’s illegal to sell fireworks to anyone under the age of 18. It’s important to follow the instructions on each firework, a little bit of preparation could prevent a big accident, and you should never throw them. Once a firework has been lit you should never return to it, even if it hasn’t gone off there’s still a chance it could explode. Did you know it’s illegal to let off fireworks after 11:00pm, apart from the 5th November when it is extended to midnight?

Letting children join in the fun can be a special part of your celebration, but remember to keep a close eye on them and keep them safe. You should never give sparklers to children under the age of 5 – it’s better to be safe than sorry!

If you’re keeping cosy around a bonfire, remember not to burn any household rubbish, rubber tyre, or anything containing plastic, foam or paint. You should never use petrol, paraffin, or any other flammable liquids, and you should keep used fireworks, aerosols, foam-filled furniture, batteries and tins of paint well away from the fire.

Dumping waste is not permitted, you could be fined up to £50,000 or even sent to prison. If you notice fly tipping you can report it to your local council.

Remember, remember... stay safe this 5th November!


Useful contact numbers

In an emergency, or if life is danger, always dial 999.

Police (emergency): 999 (non emergency): 101

Fire service (emergency): 999


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