ANDOVER police are reminding residents to follow the firework code and only attend organised displays to ensure they remain safe this bonfire night.

With Hallowe'en and the firework season in full swing, it's one of the busiest times of the year for the emergency services with many people suffering burns in accidents and incidents in the area. Last week, a lit firework was pointed at a home in Old Down Road, Andover.

The rocket bounced off the wall and hit a vehicle, causing damage.

And over the weekend, damage was caused at Knights Enham Junior School when a firework was let off in the playground.

The firework shot through a window at the school but fortunately the damage was limited to the window, leaving the school with a £40 bill.

WPc Cheryl Beasley said: "We want everyone to have a good time this bonfire night but would urge people to take care and only attend organised events or those managed by adults."

Last year, firework accidents were down by a quarter and injuries to teenagers fell by a third.

Injuries in the street and public places fell by 33 per cent, injuries at family parties fell by 39 per cent and injuries at large public displays dropped by 37 per cent.

New laws to reduce the noise, nuisance and anti-social use of fireworks have just been introduced and the Department for Trade and Industry will be consulting next year on draft regulations which will be in place for the 2004 fireworks season.