Barnsbury pupil wins Bonfire Night poster competition

Artistic 10-year-old Tiffany Uckac has seen 1,000 copies of her poster distributed around the borough in the run up to Bonfire Night.

The pupil from St Andrew’s CoE Primary School, Barnsbury, won the borough-wide competition supported by Arsenal FC and local businesses for a poster design promoting firework safety.

She was recently congratulated by Islington borough commander for London Fire Brigade Rhys Powell and Arsenal’s Gunnersauras at Islington Fire Station, Upper Street, among other local figures.

The competition was launched as authorities across the borough teamed up to stamp out fireworks misuse and tackle crime and antisocial behaviour in the run up to Bonfire Night.

Islington Council, Homes for Islington (HfI), Islington Police, London Fire Brigade, and registered social landlords are taking action including extra police and council patrols, safety checks at shops selling fireworks to ensure they are only sold to over-18s and schoolchildren have visited the fire station for council-organised safety days.

Alison Blackburn, Islington Council’s anti-social behaviour team manager, said: “The message is clear – stay safe with fireworks, and have a Bonfire Night to remember for all the right reasons.”

Inspector John Griffin from Islington Police said: “Our schools officers have been talking to local children about the fireworks code safety and a large number of officers will be patrolling the borough to ensure that the small minority that may want to ruin it for others, do not.”

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John Graham, station manager, Islington Fire Station, said: “It’s safer to attend an organised event but if you are having your own celebration take these simple precautions – never play with fireworks, only let adults handle fireworks and when you’re watching them – stand well back. Finally, never go near a firework that’s been lit, even if it’s not gone off.”

London Fire Brigade’s tips for safe fireworks are:

* Light fireworks at arms length using a taper and stand well back.

* Never go back to fireworks once they are lit. Even if a firework hasn’t gone off, it could still explode.

* Build your bonfire well clear of buildings, garden sheds, fences and hedges.

* Never use flammable liquids to start a bonfire

* Don’t leave bonfires unattended. An adult should supervise it until it has burnt out. If it has to be left, damp it down with plenty of water.