NORTH Wales Fire and Rescue Service has made an appeal to the public to keep Bonfire Night in North Wales injury free.
Richard Fairhead, community safety manager said: “The best way to reduce the number of injuries during bonfire celebrations is by attending organised events.
“We would ask families planning back garden bonfires and fireworks parties to reconsider and attend a community display.
“They are the safest type of displays, have the best facilities and offer the best value for money. Guy Fawkes celebrations see an increase in anxiety for senior citizens and pet owners, so attending community events helps reduce this distress.”
Carelessness with sparklers, mainly at private bonfires, accounts for many injuries to the face and hands. A burning sparkler reaches a temperature of more than 2,000°C – 20 times the boiling point of water – and should never be given to children under five.
“A typical rocket travels at 150mph and a mortar shell will go as high as 200 meters exploding its contents over a wide area, so it is common sense to leave fireworks displays in the hands of trained and experienced organisers,” he said.
It is illegal to sell fireworks to anyone under the age of 18. Throwing fireworks in a public place is also illegal with a fine of up to £5,000.