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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Bonfire night sparks hard-hitting campaign

05/10/2015

A campaign which aims to keep young people safe during Bonfire Night is taking place in North Staffordshire. Operation Good Guy delivers hard hitting messages highlighting the life-changing dangers of firework misuse to school children.

“Unfortunately many young people don’t realise the dangers that fooling around with fireworks pose. Our Community Safety Officers will be visiting schools to educate pupils on the potential risks. A sparkler burns at a temperature over 15 times the boiling point of water and three sparklers burning together can generate the same heat as a blowtorch."

Donna Broadhead, Station Manager Risk Reduction

Firefighters will visit 11 schools and hundreds of pupils in the north Staffordshire area to deliver the multi-agency initiative. Pupils will watch a presentation which emphasises the explicit dangers of fireworks.  

Donna Broadhead, Station Manager Risk Reduction, said: “Unfortunately many young people don’t realise the dangers that fooling around with fireworks pose.  Our Community Safety Officers will be visiting schools to educate pupils on the potential risks. A sparkler burns at a temperature over 15 times the boiling point of water and three sparklers burning together can generate the same heat as a blowtorch.

“The consequences of firework misuse are steep. Anyone under the age of 18 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 Diwal can be fined up to £5,000 and/or imprisoned for up to 6 months for selling or using fireworks illegally. You could also get an on-the-spot fine of £90.”

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