In Safe Hands with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Ridings FM has teamed up with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service to give you some key information regarding firework and bonfire safety. We've created two features you can hear on air or by clicking the links below...

Remember, young people should watch and enjoy fireworks at a safe distance and follow the safety rules for using sparklers. Only adults should deal with firework displays and the lighting of fireworks. They should also take care of the safe disposal of fireworks once they have been used.

Here are the top 10 things to remember...

  1. Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable.
  2. Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time.
  3. Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary.
  4. Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back.
  5. Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks.
  6. Never return to a firework once it has been lit.
  7. Don't put fireworks in pockets and never throw them.
  8. Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators.
  9. Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire.
  10. Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving.

For information regarding the law on fireworks visit the government web page here: https://www.gov.uk/fireworks-the-law

For more information on firework and bonfire safety visit the West Yokshire Fire and Rescue Service web page here: http://www.westyorksfire.gov.uk/ or their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/westyorkshirefire/

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