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Remember safety on the fifth of November
If you plan to celebrate Bonfire Night, you can ensure your night goes with the right kind of bang by following some simple rules.
North Yorkshire County Council's trading standards service has issued advice about buying and using fireworks safely.
If you are having a display at home, buy fireworks from a reputable supplier. Do not buy from car boot sales or people selling door to door or in the pub, as the seller will not be licensed and may be selling unsafe fireworks.
All fireworks must carry either the European CE mark (such as you see on toys or electrical equipment) or a BS7114 marking. This shows the fireworks have been tested and comply with safety standards. Packets of sparklers must be marked: "Warning: Not to be given to children under five years of age".
If you are under 18 years old you can't:
On the night itself, follow the Fireworks Code:
Did you know?
It is against the law to:
Courts can fine an offender up to £5,000 and/or send them to prison for up to three months for irresponsible firework use.
For further information about firework safety, call North Yorkshire Trading Standards business advice line, 01609 534868, or email email@example.com.
1 October 2012