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Local Bonfire night events in 2014
The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to go to a professionally organised event but if you are having your own party, please follow the advice from the West Yorkshire Fire Service.
A firework display should be an enjoyable occasion for everyone, but the hazards of fireworks and bonfires should not be underestimated. Follow these rules for a safe display.
The Firework Code:
1. Buy fireworks marked BS 7114.
2. Keep fireworks in A CLOSED BOX, e.g., a biscuit tin. Take them out one at a time and put the lid back on at once.
3. Follow the instructions on each firework carefully - read them by torchlight. Never a naked flame!
4. Light end of firework fuse at arms length - preferably with a safety firework lighter or fuse wick.
5. Never throw fireworks!
6. Stand well back.
7. Never return to a firework once lit - it may go off in your face!
8. Never put fireworks in your pocket!
9. Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves.
10. Never give sparklers to a child under five.
11. Keep pets indoors.
Note: It is an offence to discharge a firework in a street or public place. (The Explosives Act 1875 (Section 80) and The Town Police Clauses Act 1847 (Section 28).
If you intend to have a bonfire as well, it should not be lit before the firework display is finished unless the firework display is sufficiently far away to ensure that stray sparks from the bonfire cannot fall into the firework area.
• Don't light in windy conditions.
• Don't leave it unattended. Someone should have the time to supervise it until it has burned out - if it has to be left dampen it down.
• Build it well clear of buildings, garden sheds, the firework display area, fences and hedges (at least 18 metres (60 ft)).
• Keep a fire beater and a bucket of water or hosepipe handy just in case.
• Never put fireworks onto bonfires even if they are dead.
• Check construction before lighting to ensure no animal or child is inside.
• Never burn dangerous rubbish - aerosols, paint tins, bottles, batteries, tyres or foam furniture.
• Use domestic firelighters to start the bonfire.
• Never use flammable liquids to start the fire.
NB: PETROL WILL IGNITE WITH EXPLOSIVE FORCE AND FLASHBACK INSTANTANEOUSLY TO THE CONTAINER FROM WHICH IT WAS DISPENSED. PETROL IS EXCEEDINGLY DANGEROUS
_____________________________________About Bonfire Night
Bonfire Night is traditionally celebrated on November 5th. It was on that day in 1605 Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament.
The purpose was to Kill King James I and everyone in government, they hoped to return England to Catholic faith. They warned a friend of their plan by letter, to stay away from the House on the day of the plot. However, the letter giving details of the “Gunpowder Plot” was intercepted and passed on to the King. Soldiers discovered Guy Fawkes with barrels of gunpowder in the cellars of the Houses of Parliament.
Guy Fawkes was tortured and executed along with his co-conspirators. A year after the failed plot an effigy of the Pope was burned on a bonfire which at the time was called a “bone fire”.
Remember, remember the fifth of November,
Gunpowder, treason and plot,
We see no reason,
Why gunpowder treason,
Should ever be forgot!