Firework safety advice has been issued by Lancashire Trading Standards to the people of Preston who are going to celebrate Bonfire Night and Diwali.Advertisement
Tonight (November 5) many Bonfire Night events are set to return after most public displays were cancelled in 2020, and Diwali celebrations started yesterday (November 4) and last for five days.
According to the fire service, 127 fires in homes and buildings in the UK are started by fireworks every year, with many firework-related injuries occurring at family or private parties.
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Angela Lomax Trading Standards manager responsible for Safety Petroleum and Explosives, said: “It’s great that people will be able to enjoy public fireworks displays this year, but as always, we call on the public to stay safe.
“If you choose to host a firework display at home, only buy fireworks from licensed premises or licensed online UK based suppliers – do not buy from market stalls, car boot sales or from the back of a van.
“Check that the box displays a safety CE or UKCA mark. Individual fireworks are classified into categories with Category F3 fireworks being much more powerful than F2.
“Fireworks come in many different types, it’s important to always read each label and follow the instructions especially those relating to how far away you should be.”
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County Councillor Peter Buckley, cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: “If there are approved organised displays available in your area, we encourage members of the public to attend these rather than any private parties, as they will be put on by people trained in the use of fireworks and will ensure you and your family are safe.
“If you are attending a private event or putting on your own display, we urge you to adhere to the Firework Code.”
Follow the Firework Code:
• Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable, and check the time that you can legally set off fireworks
• Only buy fireworks which carry the CE or UKCA mark, keep them in a closed box and use them one at a time
• Read and follow the instructions on each firework, using a torch if necessary
• Light the firework at arm’s length with a taper and stand well back
• Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks
• Never return to a firework once it has been lit
• Don’t put fireworks in pockets and never throw them
• Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators
• Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire
• Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving.
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