By Tia Coyle
A woman who was scarred for life after a horrific firework accident is warning bonfire night revellers to stay safe this year.
Lizzie Lee, now aged 31, was seriously injured after an illegal firework fell over at a family bonfire party a few years ago.
She said: “Ever since I was hit by a firework, I am scared to be around them now. I was sent to hospital where I had my severe burns treated.
“As time has gone on the scars have faded but the mental scars are still there, and it’s all over a dodgy firework.
“I would advise anybody this year to not buy cheap or illegal fireworks as an accident like mine could be the result.”
The warning comes as West Yorkshire Fire Service has teamed up with trading standards officers in the run up to November 5 to urge everyone to have a safe bonfire night.
They are issuing advice saying residents should attend organised events and buy fireworks from reputable outlets.
Amy Gallimore, public information officer for West Yorkshire Fire Service said: “There are many safety points you need to follow on bonfire night.
“This includes keeping bonfires small and manageable, never using flammable liquids to light fires and make sure your fireworks conform to British standards BS 7114, EN 14035 or EN 15947.”
Chris Kirby, the service’s area manager for fire safety, added: “As well as preparations for Halloween, many people will be making plans for Bonfire Night celebrations next week.
“You’re far safer attending an organised bonfire event but if you decide to have your own fireworks, please take a few precautions to stay safe.
“Buy your fireworks from a reputable outlet and take careful note of the safety instructions that come with them. Remember that only those aged 18 or over can buy fireworks.”
Last year West Yorkshire firefighters extinguished 248 fires outdoors, with 80 in the Leeds area.
West Yorkshire Police are urging the public to contact them about any shop selling illegal fireworks.
One of the biggest organised events in West Yorkshire will be the firework display at Roundhay Park on November 4. Every year 70,000 people attend this event.
The bonfire will be lit at 7.30pm with the fireworks being set off at 8pm.
There will also be fair rides for families and children and a variety of different food stalls.