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Top 10 tips for a safe fireworks and bonfire night

Remember remember, the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot. Guy Fawkes night is an exciting night in the winter calendar, with lots of fireworks, beautiful displays and bonfire fun.

But when it comes to fire, it can easily become dangerous, so we've compiled some top tips from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service for a safe bonfire night to help you and your family enjoy the fireworks and fire.

Top tips for a safe bonfire night

  1. Dodgy fireworks are bad news. If you're buying your own, check your fireworks conform with British Standards (BS 7114; 1988).
  2. Fireworks are powerful things - check the fireworks you buy are suitable for the size of the garden, and warn your neighbours about your display.
  3. Store your fireworks safely - in a metal box with a lid.
  4. When it's time to start your fireworks display, make sure you're prepared, with a bucket of water, protective hat, eye protection and gloves and suitable launchers and supports for rockets and Catherine wheels.
  5. When you light fireworks, do so at arm's length with a taper, and then stand well back.
  6. Do not return to a firework once it has been lit.
  7. When the fireworks are spent, use tongs or gloves to collect them up, and check again in the morning and remove any firework debris.
  8. Sparklers are pretty, but they reach a temperature of up to 2,000°C - over 15 times the boiling point of water! You should always wear gloves.
  9. Children under five should never be given sparklers and you should always supervise children using sparklers. You should also never hold a baby or child if you have a sparkler in your hand.
  10. Sparklers stay hot for a long time after they have burnt out so plunge them into a bucket of water.

Read lots more advice about bonfire safety from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

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