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At this time of year people take part in all kinds of celebrations, many of which involve fireworks, bonfires and candles.
Every year in England 800 accidental fires in the home are started from candles, and around 70 fires in homes and buildings are started by fireworks.
So it's important to follow some safety rules to ensure everyone has a good time and nobody gets hurt.
If you're having a party
Take special care of elderly people, children and those who may find it difficult to get out if there is a fire. Put out enough ashtrays, so ash and cigarette butts don't get put in wastepaper bins.
If your guests are staying overnight show them where the door keys are kept, in case they need to escape.
Store fireworks in a closed box and take them out one at a time. Never throw fireworks or put them in your pocket. Follow the instructions on each firework. Use a torch to read them – never a naked flame. Keep a bucket of water nearby. Make sure everyone stands well back - especially children.
Build bonfires away from things that might catch fire, like fences and sheds. Take care when standing near one because even clothes labelled 'low flammability' are a risk if you get too close.
Take care around candles
Site candles and lamps away from things that might catch fire, like curtains, greeting cards, ribbons and other decorations. Ensure matches and lighters are returned to a safe place once candles have been lit. And be sure to put candles out when you leave the room. Never leave them unattended and make sure they're put out completely at night.
Check electric lights are in good working order and replace any bulbs that blow. Don't let bulbs touch anything that can burn easily, such as paper or fabrics. Make sure the fuse in the plug is the right size (check the box for advice).