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Good Guy Puts Firework Safety First

Staffordshire firefighters, in partnership with Staffordshire County Council, will urge hundreds of school children to ‘remember remember the 5th of November’ as part of Operation Good Guy.

"While this time of year is about recognising and celebrating history, it is important to remember that fireworks, although fun to watch, can cause serious injury and damage if not used safely."

County Youth Education Co-ordinator, Steve Wright

In the run up to Bonfire Night, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will be making visits to schools across the county with its hard-hitting demonstration which highlights the explicit dangers of fireworks.

The presentation features information which explains in detail the hazards associated with the unsafe use of fireworks. It examines the laws associated with fireworks and features a visual demonstration which shows quite explicitly just how dangerous fireworks can be if carried around.

The annual campaign is a multi-agency initiative supported by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Trading Standards. This year Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are using ‘Don’t Be a Josh’ posters to highlight the campaign, which is aimed at younger people who may be tempted to play with fireworks to impress friends.

County Youth Education Co-ordinator, Steve Wright said: "While this time of year is about recognising and celebrating history, it is important to remember that fireworks, although fun to watch, can cause serious injury and damage if not used safely.

"This can have a devastating effect on people’s lives and futures. Operation Good Guy is a timely reminder to children and young people to think about the dangers of fireworks in the hope they can develop a healthy respect for fireworks and be safe at all times."

The annual campaign is a multi-agency initiative supported by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Trading Standards. Fireworks for the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service presentation have been supplied by Fireworks International.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are working in close partnership with Staffs County Council this year to strengthen safety messages. The council have concentrated on the anti-social behaviour message, to encourage young people to be mindful of who they trick or treat and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have led on the bonfire and fireworks safety message to urge young people to think about the consequences of playing with fireworks.