Safety advice ahead of bonfire night

ALWAYS have water to hand, follow the firework code and let your neighbours know if you are having a bonfire.

These are just a few tips issued by Avon Fire and Rescue to help people in North Somerset enjoy a safe bonfire night.

And with the service experiencing many false alarm calls from people who mistakenly believe controlled bonfires to be emergencies, temporary group manager Steve Bagg has urged people to let neighbours know if they are holding events.

He added that fires should be positioned well away from buildings, sheds and bushes and there should always be water available nearby.

He said: “You should only buy fireworks from a responsible retailer, that carry British or European safety marks.

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“You should always follow the firework code, store fireworks in a tin, never return to a lit firework and avoid drinking alcohol if you are in charge of a display.

“It you are using sparklers, wear gloves and make sure there is a bucket of water nearby to help you dispose of them safely.

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“And of course you should never throw fireworks or point them at other people.”

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