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Parents Warned Over Using Fireworks in Dorset


7:20am 5th November 2013

Dorset Fire and Rescue are urging us to stay safe on Bonfire Night.

The warning is going out to anyone who's using fireworks at home.

Head of Prevention at Dorset Fire and Rescue, Linzi Holt said: "Bonfire Night is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate with your local community, but we want to make sure that the public are kept safe and feel safe. We are urging anyone who is using fireworks or having a bonfire to consider the potential fire risks."

She added: "There are a few simple things that can be done to reduce these risks, always follow the instructions on each firework and light them at arms length, using a taper and ensure that bonfires and fireworks are away from sheds, fences and other flammable materials. But attending an organised firework event is the safest way to have fun."

The Firework Code:
"    Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114
"    Don't drink alcohol if setting off fireworks
"    Keep fireworks in a closed box
"    Follow the instructions on each firework
"    Light at arm's length, using a taper
"    Stand well back
"    Never go near a firework that has been lit. Even if it hasn't gone off, it could still explode
"    Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them
"    Always supervise children around fireworks
"    Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves
"    Never give sparklers to a child under five
"    Keep pets indoors

Bonfire advice:
"    Site well away from houses, garages, sheds, fences, overhead cables, trees and shrubs and always away from fireworks
"    Before lighting the fire, check that no pets or children are hiding inside it
"    Build the stack so that it is stable and will not collapse outwards or to one side
"    Never use flammable liquids - paraffin or petrol - to light the fire
"    Don't burn foam-filled furniture, aerosols and tins of paint or bottles
"    Keep everyone away from the fire - especially children, who must be supervised at all times

Weymouth's Beach Bonfire will be lit at 7pm tonight - and the fireworks will start at 7.20pm.

Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Tourism and Culture brief holder Ian Bruce said: "Weymouth's Big Guy Fawkes event is always a popular community event. It is free and we expect lots of families to fill Weymouth Seafront and enjoy the fun atmosphere of this great British traditional event.  I hope everyone comes early and supports our Pavilion and the businesses who are staying open to serve us all."

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