Stick to Firework Code and stay bonfire safe

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REMEMBER, remember the ‘Firework Code’ this Bonfire Night and keep everyone safe.

That’s the plea to Dispatch district residents from Notts County Council’s trading standards department, Tesco and the UK’s number one firework brand, Standard.

For they have all issued warnings and tips on how to stay safe to those staging and visiting fireworks displays this weekend and throughout the coming week.

Every year many people are hurt or injured on Bonfire Night in avoidable accidents through carelessness and not following instructions on packaging for fireworks.

Hucknall police and Notts Fire and Rescue are encouraging residents to go to organised events to cut the risk. But if you do want to hold your own private display, follow the code.

“It is important to always remember fireworks contain explosives,” said Sarah Houlton, trading Standards manager at the county council.

“People who are planning to hold their own Guy Fawkes event need to handle them with care and store them in a safe place.”

Fireworks should remain dry and be kept away from sources of ignition such as heaters, naked flames, and cigarettes along with flammable materials such as petrol, oil or paint.

They should be stored in a lockable container or cabinet if there is a risk of children or animals having access.

Sarah added: “People often place fireworks in a damp garage or shed where they also store their paint and motoring oil – this is a recipe for disaster and should be avoided at all costs.”

Purchasers are also advised to keep fireworks in their original packaging and ask the retailer if they can store them until just before their display.

Tesco, which has stores in Hucknall and Bulwell, has joined forces with Standard Fireworks to also promote safety and highlight the dangers of fireworks to children.

Austin Brown, of Standard Fireworks, said: “This collaboration shows the emphasis that both companies place on promoting the safer use of fireworks.

“More than 10 million people enjoy fireworks safely each year and, if we can enhance the responsible use of fireworks, everybody can enjoy the great tradition of Bonfire Night without incident.”

As part of the initiative, leaflets have been produced and distributed across the area to spread the safety message as well as a free Apple app called Firework Fever featuring games and safety information.

Standard Fireworks and Tesco are also running a competition for children to design a firework for the company’s 2013 firework range, as well as the chance to win £1,000 worth of fireworks for their school or local community display.

Retailers are also being urged to be stringent in the way they sell fireworks and make sure they are sticking to age restrictions — you must be 18 or over to buy or carry fireworks in public.