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Thames Valley Police is urging people to take extra care at Bonfire Night parties.

Having your own fireworks party or celebrating with family and friends can be great fun. But by far the safest way to enjoy these seasonal activities is to attend a professionally organised event.

We want everyone to enjoy a safe and trouble free Bonfire Night and are working closely with Trading Standards to ensure fireworks aren't sold to those who are under 18.

Please think of others and remember that fireworks should not be let off between 11pm and 7am.

If you are holding your own fireworks party please don't put your family or friends at risk, follow the safety advice below for a safe home display.

Always remember to follow the fireworks code:

  • Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114
  • Don't drink alcohol if setting off fireworks
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box
  • Follow the instructions on each firework
  • Light them at arm's length, using a taper
  • Stand well back
  • Never go near a firework that has been lit — even if it hasn't gone off, it could still explode
  • Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them
  • Always supervise children around fireworks
  • Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves
  • Never give sparklers to children under five
  • Keep pets indoors

Insp James Davies said: "November 5 is a time of great demand for the emergency services and the injuries caused by fireworks cannot be emphasised enough.

"Officers have powers to search for an seize fireworks and will exercise these powers where they suspect offences.

"Public safety is a priority for the Community Safety Partnership and the Police will act robustly to deal with anyone illegally in possession of fireworks."

Thames Valley Police will not tolerate any anti-social behaviour at any time of the year.

To report anti-social behaviour, call 101, the 24-hour Thames Valley Police non-emergency number. If you feel threatened, if it's an emergency, or if a crime is in progress, call 999.

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