West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is urging people to stay safe in the run up to Bonfire Night by attending an organised event rather than holding a display at home.
Jackie Boyle, Community Fire Safety Manager for West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, said:
"The firework season can be a very busy time of year for the fire service, so we're calling for people to help prevent emergencies by attending a properly organised community bonfire and firework event. Organised displays are bigger, better and far safer than holding your own fireworks party.
"If anyone can't attend an organised event and is planning a firework party at home, then please follow some basic precautions to make sure you and your family stay safe."
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service offers the following firework safety advice:
- Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114 or BS EN 15947.
- Follow the instructions on each firework.
- Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks.
- Keep fireworks in a closed non-flammable box.
- Light them at arm’s length, using a taper and stand well back.
- Never go near a firework that has been lit. Even if it hasn’t gone off, it could still explode.
- Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them.
- Always supervise children around fireworks.
- Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves.
- Never give sparklers to a child under five.
- Keep pets indoors.
- Don’t set off noisy fireworks late at night and never after 11pm.
For information on organised bonfire and firework displays in West Sussex visit http://www.westsussex.info/firework-displays.shtml