Have fun but stay safe this bonfire night

Posted on: 27 October 2016

In the run up to 5 November, North Devon and Torridge Community Safety Partnership is encouraging those celebrating Guy Fawkes night to remember that fireworks are explosives and should be respected.

Executive Member for community safety at North Devon Council, Councillor Pat Barker, said: “Please take care if you are planning a bonfire or fireworks next week. Each year, children and adults are injured as a result of fireworks and sparklers. Sparklers can reach temperatures of 15 times hotter than boiling water and five times hotter than cooking oil.”

Follow theses top tips for staying safe:

  • Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them
  • Never throw used fireworks, paraffin or petrol on a bonfire
  • Take care around bonfires, especially keeping clothing away from flames
  • Make sure bonfires are out and surroundings are safe before leaving
  • Misfired or partly used fireworks should be soaked in a container of water and disposed of in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions

Councillor Betty Boundy, Lead Member for Community Safety at Torridge District Council, said: “Have fun and stay safe on bonfire night, preferably by attending an organised event. Figures show that more children get hurt by fireworks than adults so take extra care with young ones and follow the firework code.”

On Bonfire Night (5 November) you can let off fireworks until midnight. On New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, until 1am. It is an offence to let off fireworks between the hours of 11pm and 7am on any other day.

More information about bonfire and firework safety is available on the police website and fire website. Guidance for building bonfires and smoke nuisance is available on the North Devon Council website.

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