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Remember, remember fire safety this November

As the nights draw in and seasonal celebrations are upon us, we can expect the dark skies to be filled with the bright lights of fireworks. Fireworks add fun and excitement to any party, but it’s important to remember that they can pose serious dangers. They are explosives, after all.

When you’re in the full flow of a party, it’s easy to overlook the dangers of something that should be fun, thinking the warnings are just “health and safety gone mad”. But the latest national figures show that from 2000 – 2005, more than 6,600 people needed hospital treatment because of fireworks – and two people died. Around half of those injuries happened to children under the age of 16, leaving them scarred by burns – for life.

No one wants their celebrations marred by an injury, so here are some top tips to help you keep safe:

So by all means, have fun this season, but please remember safety this November and follow these tips. We really don’t want our firefighters and ambulance colleagues to have to crash your party!