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Fireworks damage costs Brits £1.5m

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Thousands of British households are planning to hold their own private display in a public place, which is illegal in the UK, according to Santander Insurance.

Nearly 2m households are planning to hold a private, at-home fireworks display this Bonfire night, but findings from the report revealed that Brits are also left with a £1.5m bill as a result of damage to their homes and property caused over the Halloween and Guy Fawkes week.

This is the equivalent of £273 per affected household.

Richard Al-Dabbagh, Santander Insurance, said: “Bonfire Night is great fun and a chance for friends and family of all ages to celebrate together, but fireworks can be extremely dangerous if they aren’t set off safely.

“We’re urging families planning at-home displays to ensure they have plenty of outdoor space and plan well in advance to avoid accidents to themselves or their property.”

2% of Brits – equivalent to almost a million people, even say they have been attacked by people using fireworks as weapons at some point in the past.

Top tips for staying safe on Bonfire Night:

Before you buy fireworks, check that they are suitable for your garden and comply with British Standard 7114. Only buy fireworks from a reputable retailer.
 Read the instructions carefully in the daylight before the event and keep a flashlight handy on the night. 
 Light fireworks at arm’s length using a taper and most importantly, don’t go near a firework once it has been lit. Never tamper with fireworks and do not put them on or near a bonfire.
 Always keep a safe distance from the display, ensure animals are kept inside and don’t give sparklers to children under the age of five. 
 Remember, setting off or throwing fireworks (including sparklers) in the street or other public places is against the law.
 Plan for all eventualities – keep a first aid kit and bucket of water to hand and ensure you have home insurance that is fully up to date. 

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