Richmond Council is asking you to take care of yourself and be thoughtful of others if you’re celebrating bonfire night on Sunday.
The Community Safety Partnerships wants to remind people that, although fun, fireworks can be dangerous and cause serious harm if used incorrectly – so please take care.
Cllr Mark Boyle, Cabinet Member for Housing, Public Health and Community Safety, said:
“Bonfire Night is a great British tradition and an opportunity for families and friends to come together and enjoy themselves - but we’re asking people to have fun responsibly.
“Statistics from previous years tell us a majority of injuries sustained from fireworks being used incorrectly have been pre-school children, some even as young as one. The last thing anyone wants is to have to spend bonfire night seeking medical care, so we ask parents to keep a particular eye on younger kids.
“Whether you’re setting off fireworks in your own garden or in public it is important to take care, be thoughtful of those around you and be sensible.“
Parm Sandhu, Borough Commander of Richmond Police Service added:
"Bonfire Night is always a fun evening but it is important that people understand the dangers fireworks pose. I would encourage people to go to organised firework displays if they can, but if they do decide to hold their own display, that they follow the firework code.
“We are working with retailers and colleagues from the Fire Brigade and Council to ensure that shops don’t sell fireworks to children. Safer Neighbourhood teams will be patrolling in the evenings and will deal very positively with underage possession and misuse. Overall we want people to have a great evening and stay safe.”
The Community Safety Partnership are also asking residents to be vigilant and ensure they buy fireworks from a licensed retailer and not to buy loose fireworks that may have been tampered with.
It is legal to set off fireworks in your garden if you are over the age of 18. However, it is illegal to set off fireworks in your own garden before 7am and after 11pm. On Bonfire Night you are legally allowed to set off fireworks until 12am.
Tickets for Richmond’s Annual Fireworks Display are on sale from www.vistrichmond.co.ukand from the Civic Centre. Prices start from £8 for adults and £5 for kids (under 16).