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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Play Safe and Keep Fireworks Fun

As bonfire night approaches Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people not to let fireworks destroy their fun. Statistics reveal firework-related injuries are more likely to happen at private family parties - with the under 17s most at risk.

With sparklers able to reach temperatures of up to 2,000°C and firework rockets travelling at 150mph, the advice is simple – have fun but stay safe.

To bring the message home the Service has been touring the county’s schools as part of Operation Good Guy – a hard-hitting campaign which features an explicit presentation of just how dangerous fireworks can be. Head of Risk Reduction for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue, Ian Sloss 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."

"A sparkler reaches a temperature of up to 
2,000°C which is 20 times the boiling point of water"

"Fireworks cause hundreds of avoidable injuries every year, 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.

"A sparkler reaches a temperature of up to 2,000°C which is 20 times the boiling point of water". That is why we constantly remind people they have to be so careful with any type of firework. Never give sparklers to children under five and always supervise the over fives."

For more information about the firework code (See Notes to Editor) and organising displays visit

Did you know ?  A few facts about fireworks.

 • A sparkler reaches a temperature of up to 2,000°C that’s 20 times the boiling point of water. Sparklers can also get five times hotter than cooking oil.
 • Three sparklers burning together generate the same heat as a blow-torch.
 • A rocket can reach speeds of up to 150 mph.
 • A firework shell can go as high as 200 metres.
 • The most common firework injuries are to hands followed by eyes and faces.