Child Safety Media is urging people and communities to keep safe as they enjoy Bonfire night, and to remember some important fire safety messages so that their celebrations go off with the right kind of bang without any accident or injury.

Thousands of people are injured every year as a result of fire work related injuries, with around half of these being aged under-16 years of age. Many of these accidents have permanent consequences – but can be avoided by taking some simple steps to stay safe and act sensibly.

It is always best to attend an organised public display but if you are making other arrangements then it’s vital to remember the following top ten tips to keep yourself safety during Bonfire Night:

  1. Never return to a lit firework even if you think it has gone out
  2. Never throw or play with fireworks
  3. Never put fireworks in your pockets
  4. Never drink alcohol whilst using fireworks – they don’t mix
  5. Always keep your pets indoors
  6. Always stand well back when fireworks are lit
  7. Always keep fireworks in a closed metal box
  8. Always let adults light the fireworks
  9. Always keep a bucket of water nearby
  10. Always read the instructions with a torch if dark
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