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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

High profile campaign to keep young people safe on Bonfire Night

21/10/2013

A high profile campaign which aims to keep young people safe during the Bonfire Night celebrations is taking place across Staffordshire.

Operation Good Guy demonstrates the explicit dangers that fireworks and bonfires can pose to young people.  

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is visiting schools across the county to deliver the hard-hitting presentation.

It features information which explains in detail the hazards associated with the unsafe use of fireworks and bonfires as well as explaining the law in relation to fireworks.

A total of 68 schools across the area will receive a visit as part of the initiative.

People can be fined up to £500 if they set fireworks off in the street, on the highway or in a public place.

Anyone under 18-years-old who is found in possession of a firework or anyone, of any age, who is caught setting off a firework between 11pm-7am, apart from on Bonfire Night, New Year’s Eve or Diwali, can be given an £80 fine.

Sparklers burn at 2,000 degrees, fireworks travel at 150mph and can peak at 200 metres in the air.

Approximately 1,000 people are injured by fireworks annually in the UK.