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Managing risk at bonfires and firework displays

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Fundraising events are a great opportunity to raise money for your charity while boosting your charity's profile

This time of year a popular fundraising activity is hosting a bonfire and firework display, they are often well attended by local communities and help to raise valuable funds for your charity.

Most bonfires and firework displays run without any issues however, things can go wrong. Fireworks are explosive and incendiary devices burning at high temperatures which have the potential to cause damage and serious injury. For example, if a firework falls on its side when lit, it could hit a building and cause damage or worse, it could hit a spectator and cause personal injury.

Good practice and risk management is essential to reduce the possibility of unfortunate accidents and, should one occur, help ensure a successful defence against any subsequent legal actions.

We've put together some risk management tips for organising a bonfire or fireworks display.

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