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Keeping Safe on Bonfire Night

Most injuries caused by fireworks are to children under the age of 16 . Fireworks are mini-explosives dressed up in colourful packaging – they are not toys. They burn at high temperatures and can cause terrible injuries very quickly, including sparklers which can reach 2,000°C – more than 15 times the boiling point of water. So always try to go to a properly organised public display. But if you do want to use fireworks at home, you can keep yourself and your family safe by following the firework code. Here are some handy tips on how to handle fireworks properly and safely. Only buy fireworks marked with the British Standard Kitemark BS7114 Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks. Keep them in a closed box. Follow the instructions on each firework. Light them at arms length using a taper and stand well back. Never go back to them once they are lit. Even if it hasn’t gone off, it could still explode. Never throw fireworks and never put them in your pocket. Light sparklers one at …