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SOLIHULL Council is encouraging local people to celebrate bonfire night at an organised display.

SOLIHULL Council is encouraging local people to celebrate bonfire night at an organised display.

With November 5 drawing near, the local authority is advising residents to go to events which have first aid and fire warden facilities.

But the council has also released a list of safety tips for those people who decide to hold a party in their own back garden.

The guidelines urge locals to buy their fireworks from a reputable supplier - if a product is not marked with BS 7114 then it does not meet British safety standards.

It's also vital for people to keep the box out of the reach of youngsters. When lighting a firework, stand well back and keep a bucket of water nearby.

Accidents are often caused when people throw fireworks, return to devices after they've been lit and give sparklers to children under five.

The most recent figures show that nearly half of all firework-related injuries are sustained at private events.

Sheila Merrill, RoSPA's home safety manager for England, said: "In previous years, we have sadly heard of many people suffering painful injuries because something has gone wrong at a private fireworks party.

"Fireworks are not toys. They are explosives and the injuries they can cause, such as to the eye, can be devastating."

To find out more about firework safety call Solihull Council on 0121 704 8000 or visit www.solihull.gov.uk.

 

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