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Stay safe and know the risks on Bonfire Night

Residents are being urged to stay safe this bonfire night and recognise the danger fireworks can pose if handled incorrectly.

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Attending a public display is the safest way to enjoy the celebrations but if people are planning their own fireworks it is important that advice is sought to prevent accidents.

If you are having a private fireworks display, residents are urged to be considerate of their neighbours by informing them in advance so they can be prepared.

Fireworks should be used one at a time and should be pointed in the opposite direction to any spectators. It is also important not to return to a firework once it has been lit, even if it appears to have gone out.

Sparklers may seem harmless but they can get five times hotter than cooking oil and should only be used at arm’s length and with gloves- especially in the vicinity or children.

If a burn occurs then it should be run under cold water for at least 10 minutes to completely cool the skin which will prevent pain, scarring or further damage. Once cooled, cover the burn with cling film or a plastic bag.

It is also important to recognise the distress that fireworks can cause pets during this period and precautions should be put in place to make them as comfortable as possible.

Keeping pets inside at all times, masking the noise of the fireworks with TV or music, and providing a safe place to hide at all times will all help keep pets calm during the

Councillor Tommy Williams, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Housing and Community Safety Policy Board, said: “Safety is paramount when it comes to fireworks so it is important people know how to handle them correctly to prevent injury.

“Attending a public event, such as Paisley’s fireworks display, is the safest way to have an enjoyable night without any risk and we would encourage people to consider this before having their own.

“If you are having a private fireworks display, please make sure you seek health and safety advice in advance so you are prepared for any scenario.”

For more information on fireworks safety visit:  http://www.saferfireworks.com/

Paisley will host a fireworks event in the town centre on Saturday 5 November, with family entertainment from 2pm in the run up to the display which takes place at 7pm.

Find out more about the event via: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events