Schoolchildren in Banbury enter firework safety competition

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Youngsters from 25 schools in Oxfordshire have entered a competition to design a poster to raise awareness of dangerous fireworks.

Primary School children were asked to design posters that emphasised that fireworks are about fun - but also about safety for both people and animals as well as being subject to strict laws.

Schools in Banbury and the surrounding villages include Hill View Primary School on Hillview Crescent, Wroxton Primary School and Christoper Rawlins CoE Primary School in Adderbury.

The winners will see their work reproduced as posters and distributed throughout Oxfordshire ready for the 2016 firework campaign.

Winners will be judged at a special ceremony on the morning of November 2.

Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service are also encouraging residents to attend a professionally organised display.

For people planning on holding their own fireworks party the advice is to always follow the fireworks code. Follow the top tips on how to have a fun and safe Bonfire Night.

Bonfire Night parties wouldn’t be the same without a bonfire so before lighting the fire, check its construction carefully to make sure that it is stable, and that there are no children or animals inside.

Make one person responsible for the bonfire, and allow only that person and designated helpers into the bonfire area.

Make sure your bonfire is at least 18 metres (60ft) away from houses, trees, hedges, fences or sheds. Only clean dry timber should be burned.

Never burn aerosols, batteries, bottles , foam-filled furniture, tins of paint or tyres

Councillor Rodney Rose, Deputy Leader of Oxfordshire County Council said: “We would strongly advise you to attend an organised display. Many of these raise money for charity and are the safest option if you want to enjoy a fireworks display.”

Richard Webb, Trading Standards and Community Safety Manager for Oxfordshire County Council, added: “The majority of accidents connected to fireworks involve children and young people - we all want to enjoy fireworks, but everybody needs to know that they can be dangerous, and must be handled properly.

“In making these fantastic pieces of artwork, children get to understand some important firework safety messages - as well as getting the chance for their work to be featured as part of a county wide poster campaign.”

“Three quarters of accidents connected to fireworks involve children and young people - we obviously all want to enjoy fireworks but everybody needs to know that they can be dangerous if not handled properly”.

The finalists will attend a special presentation at County Hall in Oxford at 10:30am on Monday, November 2 with winners announced at 11am in two categories - four to seven year olds and eight to 11 year olds.