Safety advice for bonfire night tomorrow

Selsey Fireworks 2014 SUS-141019-150822001

Selsey Fireworks 2014 SUS-141019-150822001

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The ambulance service is urging people to be sensible to stay safe and injury free this bonfire and firework season.

SECAmb is asking that people follow some simple safety tips and advice and that they use common sense to keep themselves, their family and friends safe. The Trust is also advising people to attend professionally-organised events but if they celebrate at home to follow the safety tips below.

Top safety tips include:

• Never use petrol or other chemicals on a bonfire.

• Keep fireworks in a closed box away from children and use them one at a time.

• Read any instructions using a torch if necessary.

• Never smoke around fireworks.

• Light fireworks at arm’s length with a taper and stand at a safe distance.

• Never return to a firework once it has been lit.

• Don’t pocket fireworks and never throw them.

• Follow safety instructions if using sparklers.

• Drinking alcohol and lighting fireworks don’t mix.

• Consider whether younger children would prefer to watch fireworks from inside.

SECAmb senior contingency planning and resilience manager Steve Carpenter said, “It’s a fact that every year people get injured by fireworks. By following our safety advice a lot of these injuries can be avoided.

“Of course, we want people to have a good time and enjoy themselves but we’re urging them to stay safe and be sensible. Fireworks are dangerous and should be handled carefully. You really don’t want your evening to be spoiled by a trip to A&E in an ambulance.”

More information can be found at The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents Safer Fireworks website - www.saferfireworks.com