Lichfield and Burntwood schoolchildren to learn about firework safety

fireworksSchoolchildren across Lichfield and Burntwood will be given a stark warning about the dangers of fireworks as part of a campaign by Staffordshire firefighters.

In the run up to Bonfire Night, firefighters will be making more than 200 visits to schools with its hard-hitting demonstration which highlights the explicit dangers of fireworks.

The presentation – which forms part of the Operation Good Guy campaign – features information which explains in detail the hazards associated with the unsafe use of fireworks. It examines the laws associated with fireworks and features a visual demonstration which shows quite explicitly just how dangerous fireworks can be if not used in accordance with the manufacturers’ directions.

The annual campaign is a multi-agency initiative supported by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Trading Standards. Fireworks for the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service presentation have been supplied by Fireworks International.

Assisted by Trading Standards officers, firefighters will also be visiting retailers to offer them advice and guidance on the responsibilities they have selling fireworks – particularly to young people.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Area Commander for Lichfield, Phil McFarlane, said:

“While this time of year is about recognising and celebrating history, it is important to remember that fireworks, although fun to watch, can cause serious injury and damage if not used safely. This can have a devastating effect on people’s lives and futures. Operation Good Guy is a timely reminder to children and young people to think about the dangers of fireworks in the hope they can develop a healthy respect for fireworks and be safe at all times.”

Staffordshire County Councillor Ben Adams, Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture added:

“We are once again proud to be working in partnership on Operation Good Guy.  Using this multi-agency approach means that we can target a much wider audience in Staffordshire with the firework safety message. 

“The work of the fire service in schools combined with the work of our Trading Standards team who issue licences so that premises can sell fireworks and who also tackle both illegal and underage sales of fireworks, ensures that Staffordshire residents can feel safe at this time of year.  Our Fireworks Hotline is also up and running once again and people who want advice about fireworks can call 08454 02 03 34 for more information.”

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