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People and gunpowder are rarely a good mix without preparation and precautions taken first. According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) around 1,000 people visit A&E for treatment of a firework-related injury in the four weeks around Bonfire Night. RoSPA offer a fireworks code and fireworks safety advice to prevent these kinds of injuries from happening.
Safety is just as important in much larger displays, where the risks are greater and more varied. Bigger events require professional fireworks technicians, and if the crowds are very large, then stewards, first aiders, firefighters and even police are often needed on site.
At Lewes’ famous celebrations in 2015, crowds of up to 25,000 attended, with five arrests and 82 injuries. Superintendent Laurence Taylor, who was on duty that night, said that months of preparation went into arranging the event’s police presence to ensure that it went smoothly on the night.
According to a recent survey carried out by the Environment Agency and the AA, nearly half of drivers aged 65 and over would be willing to drive through a flood, putting themselves and their vehicle at risk, rather than turn around and find a different route.
Most of us are familiar with the warm orange glow of street lighting. The lamps are lit with sodium bulbs, which work by passing an electric current through a tube containing solid sodium. The reaction produces large amounts of heat and light.
This office is definitely not one for claustrophobics. Danish creative director Jonas Hallberg has renovated an old trailer into his own shabby-chic mobile office, meaning he can work wherever he likes.