East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight is urging people holding firework parties to make the occasion safe and fun for everyone by taking a few basic precautions.

“Despite annual safety warnings, firework celebrations still end in painful injuries for too many people and animals, including very young children”, he says.  Sir Greg’s warning follows news that injuries in the annual bonfire week have increased by 111% in the last decade.

Sir Greg adds: “The safest place to enjoy fireworks is at a large public display, but if you are using fireworks at home its wise that common sense is followed.  Only adults should deal with setting up firework displays, use them one at a time and never return to a firework once it has been lit.”.

“As well as staying safe, people putting on home fireworks displays should also have regard to their neighbours and pet animals”.