Firework safety tips:
Only buy fireworks marked with the British Standard Kitemark BS7114
Don’t drink alcohol if you’re setting off fireworks
Keep fireworks in a closed box and always follow the instructions carefully when using them
Light them at arms length using a taper and stand well back
Never go back to them once they are lit. Even if a firework hasn’t gone off, it could still explode
Never throw fireworks, and never put them in your pocket
Respect your neighbours – don’t let off fireworks late at night and remember there are laws to follow
Take care with sparklers – never give them to children under five. Even when they’ve gone out they’re still hot, so put sparklers in a bucket of water after use
Keep your pets indoors throughout the evening.
Bonfire safety tips:
Build your bonfire well clear of buildings, garden sheds, fences and hedges
Never use flammable liquids to start a bonfire, and never burn dangerous items such as aerosol cans, paint tins, foam furniture, or batteries
Don’t leave bonfires unattended. An adult should supervise it until it has burnt out. If it has to be left, damp it down with plenty of water
Always keep a bucket of water or a hosepipe nearby in case of fire
Check the weather – avoid lighting bonfires in high winds.