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Stay safe this bonfire night


North Wales Fire and Rescue Service is appealing to young people to avoid serious injury or even death from playing with fireworks and lighting bonfires during half-tern holidays.

With a week to go before bonfire night the fire and rescue service is urging the public of North Wales to be vigilant with fireworks and to attend an organised display.

Terry Williams, Head of Community Fire Safety, said: "Safety at this time of year is the responsibility of us all. We cannot over emphasise that the best way to reduce the number of injuries during bonfire celebrations is by attending organised events. They are the safest type of displays, have the best facilities and offer the best value for money. Bonfire celebrations see an increase in anxiety for senior citizens and pet owners, so attending community events helps reduce this distress.

"If you must use fireworks yourself, please follow the fireworks safety code."

The Firework Safety 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 sparkles to a child under five.

- Keep pets indoors.

"If you are planning a bonfire, please notify North Wales Fire and Rescue Service's Control Room by calling 01931 522 006."

Inspector Julie Sheard said: "We know the majority of people enjoy this time of year sensibly and we are not out to spoil their fun but unfortunately there is a minority who are intent on causing problems and use Bonfire Night as an excuse to commit crime and act anti-socially.

"We will be working in partnership with other agencies to keep people safe and make sure an exciting and enjoyable period is not tarnished by the minority. To ensure the safety of all, we would also encourage residents to attend organised firework displays, which will be well publicised in the local press prior to November 5th."


Community Bonfire and Firework events in your area:

Mold - 5th November 6.45pm at Mold Alex Football Club
Colwyn Bay - 5th November 7.15pm at Eirias Park
Denbigh- Denbigh Castle Site 5th November
Aberdyfi - 1st November 6.30pm at the Fire Station
Barmouth- 8th November 6.30pm
Deeside- 5th November 7.30pm at Deeside Leisure Centre
Rhyl- 5th November 7.30pm at the Showfield, Rhuddlan Road
Abergele - 1st November 6.30pm for children, 7.30pm main display at Pensarn Beach

If you are aware of people misusing fireworks to either damage property or to cause injury, contact North Wales Police on 101, or in an emergency dial 999.

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