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.