Don’t go out with a bang on bonfire night

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Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue is asking residents to put safety first if they are celebrating Bonfire Night.

It is one of busiest nights of the year for county firefighters and last year they were called out to 15 bonfires that got out of hand.

Karl Turrill, Deputy Community Fire Safety Manager, says: “It’s quite simple with fireworks and bonfires really. Follow the instructions, be mindful of the danger and don’t expose your family or yourself to unnecessary risks. You can reduce the chance of anything unexpected happening by supervising children at all times, keeping pets indoors, making sure everyone is stood well back, and not drinking alcohol if you are lighting fireworks. Please enjoy yourselves and have a safe evening.”

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue advise to attend an organised display in your local area, but if you are thinking of holding your own, follow these top tips to keep firework night fun for all.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue advise:

- Position fireworks and bonfires away from sheds, fences and trees.

- Don’t build bonfires too big and make sure the stack is stable so it doesn’t collapse.

- Remember, that despite their colourful appearance, fireworks are explosives and must be treated with care.

- When buying fireworks, make sure that they are marked BS7114 – the British Standard that all fireworks should meet.

- Check the bonfire before lighting it to ensure there are no children or pets are nearby.

- Never go near a firework that has been lit. Even if it hasn’t gone off, it could still explode.

- Don’t use petrol or paraffin to get the fire going as it may get out of control quickly. Use paper and firelighters instead.

- Don’t leave bonfires or fireworks unattended.

- Supervise your children with sparklers.

- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby just in case.

Visit: www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/lfr to find out more information on how to stay safe this bonfire night.