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Stay safe during the season for firework fun

WITH Halloween, Bonfire Night and Diwali coming up, West Sussex County Council Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to follow simple guidelines during the season for firework fun.

Pete Bradbury, County Council Cabinet Member for Public Protection, said: “Fireworks can be fun. But they can also be dangerous if not handled properly.

“Our firefighters want you to have a safe event and they want to remind you of straightforward Do’s and Don’ts that will help to greatly reduce risks.”

The firework Do’s and Don’ts are:

•          Keep fireworks in a closed metal box and take them out one at a time.
•          Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on each firework. Read them by torchlight – NEVER a naked flame.
•          Light fireworks at arm’s length using a safety firework lighter or fuse wick.
•          Stand back after lighting.
•          NEVER go back to a firework once lit – it may go off in your face.
•          Keep a bucket of water handy.
•          Used fireworks should be collected after the display with care.  Douse with water, bury or place in a metal container.
•          Keep children under control.
•          Keep pets indoors.

The bonfire Do’s and Don’ts are:

•          Site well away from houses, garages, sheds, fences, overhead cables, trees and shrubs AND ALWAYS AWAY FROM FIREWORKS.
•          Before lighting the fire, check that no pets or children are hiding inside it.
•          Build the stack so that it is stable and will not collapse outwards or to one side.
•          NEVER use flammable liquids – paraffin or petrol – to light the fire.
•          Don’t burn foam-filled furniture, aerosols, and tins of paint or bottles.
•          Keep everyone away from the fire – especially children, who must be supervised all the time.
•          For an emergency keep buckets of water, the garden hose or a fire extinguisher ready.
•          Pour water on the embers before leaving.