skip to content

Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Good Guy Puts Firework Safety First

25/10/2011

Staffordshire firefighters 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."

Risk Reduction Manager, Dave Steele

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. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are using posters to highlight the campaign, which are aimed at younger people who may be tempted to play with fireworks to impress friends. The posters feature the straplines; “Don’t be a Josh” and “Messing With Fireworks is Bang Out of Order.”

Risk Reduction Manager, Dave Steele 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.

"Bonfires can also be incredibly dangerous if they are not properly monitored and a safe distance kept away from. We would encourage people to only attend organised bonfires as these are safe and supervised."

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.

Anyone with any concerns about fireworks can contact the Staffordshire Firework’s Hotline on 0845 40 20 334.