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Alert message sent 03/11/2019 22:20:00

Information sent on behalf of West Mids Police

Dear Residents,

Fireworks can be great fun for families, not just around bonfire night but also Diwali, New Year’s Eve and Chinese New Year. However, despite annual safety warnings, firework celebrations still end in painful injuries for too many people, including very young children.

Injury figures support the advice that the safest place to enjoy fireworks is at a large public display - far fewer people are injured here than at smaller family or private parties. But if you're going to have a fireworks party at home, you can make the occasion fun and safe for everyone by following the Firework Code, as well as some sparkler and bonfire safety tips.

Only adults should deal with setting up firework displays, lighting fireworks and the safe disposal of fireworks once they have been used (and remember, alcohol and fireworks don't mix!). Children and young people should be supervised, and watch and enjoy fireworks at a safe distance. Follow these top ten tips for a safe fireworks party

1. Plan the display to make it safe and enjoyable, and ensure it finishes before 11pm
2. Only buy fireworks that carry the CE mark, keep them 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


Sparklers are viewed as being harmless but they burn at fierce temperatures, equivalent to a welding torch. Follow these top six tips for sparkler safety

1. It is recommended that sparklers are not given to under-5s
2. Make sure those handling sparklers wear gloves
3. Hold sparklers at arm’s length while being lit and light them one at a time
 4. Don’t wave sparklers about close to other people
 5. Never hold a baby in your arms while you are holding a sparkler
 6. When the sparkler has finished put it in a bucket of cold water


1. One person should be responsible for the bonfire and children should be supervised
2. Choose a site away from wooden fences, sheds and where children will be playing
3. Never pour petrol, paraffin or meths on to a fire - it’s safer to use fire lighters to prevent flare-ups
4. Keep a bucket of water handy in case of an accident
5. Avoid loose clothing and tie back long hair
6. After the party, pour water on the fire, rather than leaving it to burn out

And finally,

 It is against the law to carry fireworks in public if you're under 18
 Fireworks must not be sold to anyone who is under 18
 It is an offence to let fireworks off during night hours (11pm to 7am), except on Bonfire Night
(midnight), Diwali, New Year's Eve, and Chinese New Year (1am)
 It is an offence under the Explosives Act 1875 to tamper with or modify fireworks

We don't want to spoil your fun; we do want you to have a safe evening!

Happy celebrating!

Please remain vigilant and report anything you think is suspicious to us; help protect your communities

Call 999 in an emergency (happening now and urgent assistance needed)
Call 101 in a non-emergency (to report damage or pass on information)
Or Live chat with an adviser from 0800 to midnight on www.west-midlands.police.uk
Call Crimestoppers anonymously and free on 0800 555 111
For more information visit www.west-midlands.police.uk

Kind Regards PCSO Satpal Singh
Message sent by
Satpal Singh (Police,PCSO,Birmingham East BEEA )

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