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Bonfire warnings in North Yorkshire

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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