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.