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Fire Service urge caution in the run up to Bonfire Night

The Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service are urging people to attend a professionally organised bonfire and fireworks event wherever possible.

Every year, nationally, there are hundreds of injuries caused as a direct result of fireworks. Over half of these are to children under the age of 16.

But if people are planning a private event they should follow these guidelines:

• Only buy fireworks that comply with British Standard 7114 or its European equivalent.

• Don’t drink alcohol if you’re lighting fireworks.

• Keep fireworks in a closed box.

• Follow the instructions on each firework and be sure they’re suitable for home use.

• Light fireworks at arm’s length using a taper.

• Stand well back.

• Never go near a firework that has been lit; even if it hasn’t gone off, it could still explode.

• Never throw fireworks or put them in your pocket.

• Always supervise children around fireworks.

• Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves.

• Don’t give sparklers to children under five.

• Keep pets indoors.