Attend organised display this Bonfire Night, Derbyshire fire service says

Have a safe Bonfire Night.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service is recommending residents attend an organised display this Bonfire Night.

Steve Ratcliffe, group manager at the fire service, said: "Private bonfire parties and firework displays have the potential to be great fun if safety is kept in mind.

"However, a stray firework or an out-of-control bonfire can soon lead to disaster.

"There are numerous organised displays to choose from and I would recommend that anyone who wants to enjoy a safe, hassle-free Bonfire Night attend one of these where they can relax and enjoy the spectacle safely and without risk.

"If you are still planning on having a private bonfire party, I would strongly advise that you follow our bonfire safety tips to ensure the safety of you, your guests and your property."

During Bonfire Night you should...

► Keep fireworks in a closed metal box and take them out one at a time;

► Follow the manufacturer's instructions on each firework. Read the instructions by torch light and not a naked flame and always buy fireworks from a reputable source;

► Light fireworks at arm's length using a safety firework lighter or fuse wick - stand back after lighting;

► Never go back to a firework once lit as it may go off in your face;

► Collect used fireworks with care, douse with water and bury them or place in a metal container;

► Keep children and pets away from fireworks and bonfires;

► Keep pets indoors;

► Take care with sparklers - young children should not handle these;

► Never throw fireworks;

► Never keep fireworks in your pocket;

► Keep a bucket of water handy.

If you must light a bonfire, follow these safety tips...

► Site the bonfire well away from houses, garages, sheds, fences, trees, shrubs, overhead cables and your fireworks;

► Before lighting, make sure there are no animals hiding inside;

► Be careful when building the bonfire so it does not collapse once lit;

► Don't burn foam filled furniture, aerosols, tins of paint or bottles;

► Never use flammable liquids such as paraffin or petrol to light the fire;

► Keep children and pets away from the fire;

► In case of emergency, keep buckets of water, a garden hose or a fire extinguisher ready;

►When the party is over, pour water on the embers before leaving.

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