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Remember, remember the 5th of November: we all know the rhyme, but still each year there are so many accidents when it comes to fireworks, sparklers and Bonfire night. The number of accidents from fireworks has been decreasing over recent years, but there are still important lessons to learn from previous years.
Here is a quick reminder of some basic rules when it comes to fireworks night.
- Don't throw used fireworks onto bonfires to burn them. Instead always put used fireworks in a bucket of cold water.
- Don't get too close to fireworks. Keep children and pets far away, and indeed any other adults not involved in lighting the fireworks themselves.
- Don't play around with fireworks or bonfires. They are dangerous even when not lit!
- Don't approach a firework once it has been lit
- Store fireworks in a closed metal box if possible
- Transport fireworks in their original boxes and not in your pocket
- Do not give sparklers to children under 8
- Supervise all children closely on fireworks night just in case they wander over to where they should not be
- Light sparklers one at a time
- To use sparklers, wear gloves and hold sparklers at arms length, do not touch the end when it goes out, place in a bucket of water.
Try and visit an organised firework display rather than putting on your own event, as much as anything the fireworks will be bigger and better than ones you can buy in the shops!