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6:40am 4th November 2011
(Updated 6:40am 4th November 2011)

 A safety campaign triggered by the Bonfire night blaze that left a Bodmin mum dead is rolled out across Cornwall.

Mary Fox lost her life two years ago when a firework was shoved through her letterbox.

Now shops are being handed 'Safe Sell - Safe Use' stickers.

Police are laying on extra patrols for the 5th November. Sergeant Jared Connop said, "Mary was a hoarder so she had lots of paperwork, cardboard and flammable materials around her house. Unfortunately when the fire took hold, it took hold very, very quickly and we're determined to make sure it doesn't happen again.

"Where are your children on the night? Please don't give them fireworks to go and have their own displays. Make sure they're safe, make sure you know where they are. If anyone is misbehaving with fireworks then we're going to deal very firmly with those individuals."

Mark Pratten from Cornwall Fire Service urged people to attend an organised display, rather than a DIY one. He warned that even sparklers can be dangerous, "The actual temperatures once they're ignited, you're talking over two thousand degrees. Those sort of temperatures, if they're in contact with skin, can cause all sorts of injuries."

You can find firework safety tips here and a run down on organised displays across Cornwall here.

6:40am 4th November 2011

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