Tips To Stay Safe In Eastbourne This Bonfire Night

Thursday 3rd November 2016

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South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) is urging us to be sensible to stay safe and injury free this bonfire and firework season in Eastbourne.

SECAmb is asking that we follow some simple safety tips and advice and that they use common sense to keep themselves, their family and friends safe. The Trust is also advising people to attend professionally-organised events. Anyone celebrating with fireworks at home is urged to follow the safety advice below.

Top safety advice includes:

  • Never use petrol or other chemicals on a bonfire.
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box away from children and use them one at a time.
  • Read any instructions carefully using a torch if necessary.
  • Never smoke around fireworks.
  • Light fireworks at arm’s length with a taper and stand at a safe distance.
  • Never return to a firework once it has been lit.
  • Don’t put fireworks in pockets and never thrown them.
  • Follow safety instructions if using sparklers.
  • Drinking alcohol and lighting fireworks don’t mix.
  • Consider whether younger children would prefer to watch fireworks from inside.

SECAmb Head of Resilience and Specialist Operations, Andy Cashman said, “Sadly every year we deal with people being injured by fireworks or bonfires. We’re urging everyone to keep themselves and others safe by following our simple advice.

“We’re encouraging people to attend organised events. We want people to have a good time and enjoy themselves but we also want them to be safe and sensible. If people are celebrating at home, they need to remember the dangers and take all the necessary precautions.”

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