Bonfire warnings in North Yorkshire
5:36am 5th November 2009
DON'T become a statistic – this bonfire night.
Thats the warning from all three emergency services in North Yorkshire - as they brace themselves for a busy night..
Every year hundreds of people are injured on Guy Fawkes night by fireworks or bonfires. Nationally in the last 5 years, fireworks have injured more than 6 thousand people.
North Yorkshire Fire Service want people to stick to an organised displays or to follow safety advice to the letter if you've bought them yourself.
The Firework Code
• Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114.
• Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks.
• Keep fireworks in a closed box.
• Follow the instructions on each firework.
• Light 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.
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