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Police bonfire video smash

PUBLISHED: 16:07 04 November 2009 | UPDATED: 11:10 23 August 2010

A YOUTUBE video campaign is being used to spread the message about the dangers of fireworks. The three-minute clip, placed on the popular website by Kent Police, has received more than 650,000 viewings since being posted last year. The film features col

A YOUTUBE video campaign is being used to spread the message about the dangers of fireworks.

The three-minute clip, placed on the popular website by Kent Police, has received more than 650,000 viewings since being posted last year.

The film features college student Helene Wood, who was seriously burned by a firework at seven years old, who warns viewers to be especially cautious when handling fireworks.

She said: "I don't want anyone to go through what I went through. I was lucky but you might not be so fortunate. Enjoy the fireworks and be safe this autumn."

Kent Fire and Rescue Service's head of community safety Stuart Skilton has issued a set of guidelines suggesting ways to ensure safety on bonfire night.

These include supervising children using sparklers, which can burn at up to 2,000 degrees centigrade, not to drink alcohol when you will be using fireworks, to store them in a metal box, and to never return to one once it has been lit.

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