Have a safe bonfire night, say fire and health services

Fire and health services have joined together to wish local people a safe and enjoyable bonfire night.

Head of community safety Dave Turton from Cleveland Fire Brigade said: “We know people enjoy the nights leading up to 5 November and bonfire night itself, but what was a fun evening can turn to tragedy very quickly if people don’t treat fire and fireworks with respect.”

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Matron in accident and emergency at the University Hospital of North Tees Stuart Harper said: “The last thing we’d want to do is stop people enjoying bonfire night but it can lead to serious consequences, so we’re working with the fire service to remind people to take care. Thankfully we don’t see anything like as many firework injuries as we used to but one is one too many and we want to do everything we can to try and prevent incidents which can cause serious harm.”

Follow the fireworks code

  • Keep fireworks in closed box
  • Follow the instructions on each firework
  • Light all fireworks at arm’s length
  • Stand well back
  • Never go back to a lit firework
  • Never put fireworks in your pocket
  • Never throw fireworks
  • Keep pets indoors
  • Use only BS7114 fireworks

Take special care with sparklers

Sparklers can be beautiful and enjoyable for young children but adults must be aware of their potential. A few simple precautions can make sparklers safer for children:

  • Always supervise children with sparklers
  • Do not give a sparkler to a child under five years old
  • Have a container of water handy, big enough for the spent sparklers. Dump the sparkler in it as soon as it goes out.

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