To help keep the public safe WYFRS will
Draft in additional resources on key dates within the bonfire calendar.
Bonfires that are safely managed will be allowed to continue, whilst those that are posing a danger to people or buildings may be extinguished.
The service will also be working with local partners in the run up to the bonfire period, to run school talks aimed at educating youngsters.
Firefighters will also do spot checks with the local authority to remove fly tipping that could be targeted for arson.
If you do plan to have a bonfire in your own garden then please follow our guidance below!
Look out for the hashtag #BanginBonfire on social media to see and share safety messages throughout the bonfire season.
Bonfire safety tips
Once a bonfire is lit, make sure you:
- keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby in case of emergencies
- don’t leave the bonfire unattended
- keep children and pets away from the bonfire
- don’t throw any fireworks into the fire
- don’t burn aerosols, tyres, canisters or anything containing foam or paint – many produce toxic fumes and some containers may explode, causing injury
Always follow the firework code
- Stand well back
- Keep pets indoors
- Keep fireworks in a closed box
- Only buy fireworks that are CE marked
- Light at arm’s length, using a taper
- Follow the instructions on each firework
- Never give sparklers to a child under five
- Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks
- Always supervise children around fireworks
- Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves
- Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them
- Never go near a firework that has been lit – even if it hasn’t gone off it could still explode
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