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25-Oct-11, 13:48
Police and fire authorities issue code of conduct

THE consequences of the inappropriate use of fireworks are well documented and Northern Constabulary and partner agencies are is urging the public to act responsibly as the firework season begins in earnest.
Historically, the busiest time for the Force in relation to firework incidents is during October and November.
Legislation aimed at reducing the number of fireworks falling into the hands of children and young people was introduced in October 2004, making it an offence for a person under the age of 18 to possess a firework in a public place.
The Fireworks (Scotland) Regulations 2004, created the offence of setting off a firework between 11pm and 7am, with the exception of November 5 (Guy Fawkes Night). Although even then it would be an offence to set fireworks off after midnight.
Police now have the power to search, and in certain circumstances arrest, without warrant, any person under 18 they believe may be in possession of a firework. There are also powers of arrest in relation to the inappropriate use of fireworks by someone over 18.
Most people are aware of the catastrophic consequences of firework misuse. The legislation is aimed at ensuring our communities enjoy a safer firework season.
For many people one of the most infuriating elements at this time of year is the anti-social use of fireworks.
Chief Superintendent Ralph Noble is Head of Operations at Northern Constabulary and he said: "Fireworks, if used responsibly, can provide a great deal of entertainment for everyone.
However, if they get into the hands of someone irresponsible the consequences can be disastrous.
As always we will be taking a tough stance in relation to fireworks and those found in possession of these items, if they are underage or deemed to be using them in an anti-social manner, will be dealt with appropriately.
C.S. Noble continued: "Police have the power of search if they suspect someone underage may be in possession of fireworks and this should be born in mind."
Police are also appealing to the public to report anyone they see acting irresponsibly when it comes to the use of fireworks. He also warned those who deliberately target animals, using fireworks, that they will be dealt with robustly.
Every year, nationally, there are hundreds of injuries caused as a direct result of fireworks. Over half of these are to children under the age of 16. That's a lot of children growing up with burn scars.
Highlands & Islands Fire & Rescue Service advise that, where possible, you attend a professionally organised event. These events normally have good quality displays with plenty of safety measures in place.
In an effort to make this bonfire night a safe and enjoyable event, Highlands & Islands Fire & Rescue Service recommend you follow this guide to keeping safe on fireworks night:
* Only buy fireworks that comply with British Standard 7114 or its European equivalent.
* Instructions should be in English.
* Don't drink alcohol if you're lighting fireworks.
* Keep fireworks in a closed box.
* Follow the instructions on each firework and be sure they're suitable for home use.
* Light fireworks 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 throw fireworks or put them in your pocket.
* Always supervise children around fireworks.
* Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves.
* Don't give sparklers to children under five.
* Keep pets indoors... and be sure to have fun.