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Stay Safe This Bonfire Night!

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding people to stay safe this Bonfire Night.

"We want everyone to enjoy Bonfire Night but we urge people to stay safe by following the firework code and by attending displays that are well organised."

David Steele, Risk Reduction Manager

The highest number of firework-related injuries happen at family or private parties and around half of all injuries happen to children under the age of 17. In the run up to Bonfire Night firefighters have been visiting young people in high schools across the County to warn them of the dangers of fireworks.

The initiative, called "Operation Good Guy," involves a hard hitting demonstration that explicitly highlights the dangers of fireworks. Graphic posters and flyers showing the injuries that fireworks can cause, with the headlines ‘Don’t Be a Josh’ and ‘Don’t Let Your Dreams Go up in Smoke,’ have also been circulated to schools, to warn young people of the dangers. An ad van with the ‘Don’t Let Your Dreams Go up in Smoke,’ message will also be travelling around the County in the run up to Bonfire Night to get the message across (See Notes to Editor).

David Steele, Risk Reduction Manager said: "We want everyone to enjoy Bonfire Night but we urge people to stay safe by following the firework code and by attending displays that are well organised. Children enjoy sparklers but they are the cause of many injuries - sparklers burn at five times the heat of an actual bonfire! Children should always be supervised when using sprinklers and they should never be given to children under the age of five.

"Last year we just had one serious incident in which a teenager ran through a bonfire and suffered serious burns, we hope to not see a repeat of any similar incidents this year."

For more information about the firework code and organising displays visit www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk

Did you know?
• A sparkler reaches a temperature of up to 2,000 degrees Celsius - that's 20 times the boiling point of water.
• Sparklers get five times hotter than cooking oil.
• A rocket can reach 150 miles an hour.
• A firework shell can go as high as 200 metres.
• Three sparklers burning together generate the same heat as a blow-torch.
• Why do you see the explosion before hearing it? The sound travels at 742 miles/ hour, but light travels 670,616,625.6 miles / hour.
• A sparkler burns at five times the heat of a bonfire.
• The highest number of firework-related injuries happen at family or private parties.
• Around half of all injuries happen to children under the age of 17.
• The most common injuries are to hands followed by eyes and faces.
• Fireworks are safer now than they have been in the past thanks to the safety standard BS7114 - you should never buy or use fireworks that do not show on the label that they comply with this standard.

The Firework Code
• Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114.
• Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks.
• Keep fireworks in a closed box.
• Follow the instructions on each firework.
• Light them at arms length, using a taper.
• 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