FIREWORKS SAFETY - THE FIREWORK CODE
As Bonfire Night approaches officers across Ayrshire will continue work with partners to promote safety and keep people safe.
Officers in East Ayrshire joined colleagues from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and East Ayrshire Council at Tesco, Kilmarnock yesterday (Friday 3rd November 2017) to promote firework safety. East Ayrshire Area Commander, Chief Inspector John Cairns, said: “The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend an organised display. “Each year in Scotland we hear reports of people being injured through the misuse of fireworks or illegal bonfires. “If you are hosting your own display please take extreme care and follow the fireworks code.” A number of local Fireworks Displays will be taking place including: Troon Round Table Fireworks Display, Saturday 4th November at North Shore Road, Troon with display at 7:30pm. Murray Park in Cumnock will see their annual display at 6:30pm on Sunday 5th November 2017. Kilwinning Community Fireworks Display, Sunday 5th November 2017 at McGavin Park, Dalry Road, Kilwinning. Low noise display 6:00pm and full display at 6:45pm. [please contact event organisers for local arrangements, terms and conditions of entry etc.]
THE FIREWORKS CODE: Young people should watch and enjoy fireworks at a safe distance and follow the safety rules for using sparklers. Only adults should deal with firework displays and the lighting of fireworks. They should also take care of the safe disposal of fireworks once they have been used. - Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable. - Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time. - Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary. - Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back. - Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks. - Never return to a firework once it has been lit. - Don't put fireworks in pockets and never throw them. - Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators. - Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire. - Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving. For more information on fireworks and the law visit: https://www.gov.uk/fireworks-the-law We will have officers on patrol across Ayrshire this weekend. To report incidents call 101 (always dial 999 in an emergency).