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Extra safety plans for Derby Bonfire Night

Organisers of Derby’s annual bonfire display say that they have put extra safety measures in place this weekend in preparation for planned industrial action by Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Fireworks display will still go ahead as planned Credit: PA

Co-ordinators of Derby LIVE, which takes place at Markeaton Park tomorrow, say that the strike will not stop the show from going ahead.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service will be running a reduced level of service over the four days of planned industrial action.

They have issued a statement advising the public to attend organised events this Bonfire Night.

Police warn about letting off fireworks after midnight

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Firefighters warn 'follow the firework code'

Fire and Rescue services across the Midlands are urging people to be aware of the risks posed while celebrating bonfire night this evening.

Chris Ennis, of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue, told ITV News Central it is important that people enjoy bonfire night but also remember to follow the firework code.

Bonfire Night safety campaign launched

A campaign which aims to keep young people safe on Bonfire Night is taking place across Staffordshire.

Operation Good Guy demonstrates the dangers that fireworks and bonfires can pose.

Bonfire Night safety campaign launched Credit: Richard Gray/EMPICS Entertainment

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will visit schools across the county to deliver the presentation.

Top tips on staying safe for Bonfire Night

Looking forward to Bonfire Night on 5 November? ITV Central is on hand to provide you with the top tips to stay safe and have fun!

  • Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves
  • Never give sparklers to children under five
  • Buy fireworks marked BS 7114
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box
  • Always follow the instructions on each firework
  • Light at arm's length using a taper
  • Stand well back
  • NEVER go back to a lit firework
  • Never put fireworks in your pocket
  • Never throw fireworks
  • Keep pets indoors

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Why do you see fireworks before hearing them? Plus other facts about Bonfire Night

With Bonfire Night approaching the Fire Service is urging people to celebrate safely.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service say the highest number of injuries happen at private firework parties.

“It’s important to be educated about the dangers of bonfires and fireworks so you can celebrate safely. We encourage people to attend organised bonfires and fireworks displays instead of holding your own party as organised events are much safer plus more enjoyable for the whole family."

– Head of Risk Reduction, Glynn Luznyj
  • A sparkler reaches a temperature of up to 2,000 degrees Celsius - that's 20 times the boiling point of water.
  • Sparklers get five times hotter than cooking oil.
  • A rocket can reach 150 miles an hour.
  • A firework shell can go as high as 200 metres.
  • Three sparklers burning together generate the same heat as a blow-torch.
  • Why do you see the explosion before hearing it? The sound travels at 742 mph but light travels 670,616,625.6 mph.

Police: Do not leave rubbish out for bonfire night

Leicestershire Police are advising people not to leave rubbish out for bonfire night Credit: PA

Ahead of bonfire night, Leicestershire Police are warning people not to leave rubbish out for people to use to light illegal bonfires.

The force say it costs local councils tens of thousands of pounds to repair public areas where the bonfires are made.