Remember, Remember... Bonfire Night around Tavistock!

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By ExeCellent | Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 16:25

TAVISTOCK'S SKY will be ablaze with fireworks this weekend as revellers celebrate Guy Fawkes' Night in style – and local firefighters want to make sure there are no accidents to spoil the fun.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service are reminding everyone to follow the Fireworks Code this Bonfire Night – and say the safest way to enjoy yourself is to attend an organised display. A spokesman for the service says: "We want you to have a good time this year, but stay safe. By keeping to the firework code, you can be sure you are doing all you can to reduce your risk."

Community Safety Manager Phil Martin is keen to ensure people find a local organised display: "The majority of accidents happen at private parties. Organised displays will be safer than having a party of your own. Many council websites list the organised displays in their areas, so go online and find one near you."

Firework displays often help raise money for good causes, too, and as well as being safer are a much better and cheaper way to have fun on Bonfire Night. Here's a selection of the best local events for you to enjoy:

SATURDAY 3 NOVEMBER

Lions Club Firework Display, Tavistock

SUNDAY 4 NOVEMBER

Bonfire Night, Mary Tavy

MONDAY 5 NOVEMBER

Bonfire and Fireworks, Brentor

Bonfire Night, Clearbrook

And finally, if you do decide to hold your own party, follow these simple rules to make sure everyone stays safe:

• Keep fireworks in a closed metal box and take them out one at a time

• Follow the manufacturer's instructions on each firework. Read them by torchlight – never a naked flame

• Light fireworks at arm's length using a safety firework lighter or fuse wick.

• Stand back after lighting

• Never go back to a firework once lit – it may go off in your face

• Keep a bucket of water handy

• Used fireworks should be collected after the display with care. Douse with water, bury or place in a metal container

• Keep children under control

• Keep pets indoors.

• Supervise children with sparklers and never give them to a child under five

• Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves

• Put used sparklers hot end down into a bucket of sand or water

• Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them

• Never throw spent fireworks on a bonfire

• take care around bonfires

For more information on firework safety, visit  the Devon and Cornwall Police website http://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/CrimePrevention/SeasonalCampaigns/Pages/Fireworks.aspx

Have a safe and happy Bonfire Night, and remember... if you're going to any firework displays, do make sure to share your photos with us here at Tavistock People!

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