Residents across the Meridian region are being urged to stay safe this bonfire night. Fire services from across the south have released information and safety tips on how to avoid injury when using fireworks.

Among the top tips from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service are:

  • Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114 or with a CE mark - this shows that the firework meets British or European safety standards (a reputable shop will know this.)

  • Follow the instructions on each firework - read them in daylight or by torchlight, never by a naked flame.

  • Make suitable supports and launchers if you're setting off Catherine wheels or rockets.

  • Only one person should be responsible for letting off fireworks.

  • Don't drink alcohol if you are setting off fireworks.

  • Light fireworks at arm's length, using a taper.

  • Make sure everyone stands well back.

  • Never go back to a firework that has been lit - even if it hasn't gone off it could still explode.

  • Keep pets indoors - most animals get very scared by the lights and noise from fireworks.

  • Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them.

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