London Fire Brigade issues firework safety advice
With 5 November fast approaching London Fire Brigade (LFB) is urging people to act safely and responsibly during the firework and bonfire season, and to remember to be wary at all time of the need for fire safety.
The Brigade expects to be called to hundreds of incidents on and around Bonfire Night this year - ranging from out of control bonfires to fires caused by fireworks.
Brand new figures released by the Brigade show that the number of fires in London vastly increases at this time of year.
Figures taken from the last three years reveal that on Bonfire Night:
London Fire Brigade Assistant Commissioner for Community Safety, Andy Hickmott, said: "These statistics should serve to remind everyone to take extra care at this time of year. Fireworks can be spectacular but essentially they are explosives and can cause serious injuries if handled irresponsibly.
A trip to hospital or wrecked property will certainly make you remember the 5th of November, but for all the wrong reasons.
It's safer to attend an organised event but if you are having your own celebration use some basic common sense - never play with fireworks, only adults should handle and fireworks and when you're watching them - stand well back. It goes without saying that you should never go near a firework that's been lit, even if it's not gone off."
The Brigade also advises Londoners to follow the firework code and some other key safety tips:
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