To help prevent misuse of bonfires and fireworks and keep you safe, we are:
- working with local partners to run school talks aimed at educating youngsters
- performing spot checks with the local authority to remove fly tipping that could be targeted for arson
- increasing staff on key dates including Diwali, Halloween and Bonfire Night
- allowing safely managed bonfires and extinguishing those that pose a danger to people or buildings.
Please continue to respect our firefighters and take extra care this autumn by:
- attending organised events where possible, or if hosting an event at home use our guidance to stay bonfire safe
- following the firework code when buying and using fireworks
- phoning the non-emergency number 101 to report the misuse of fireworks - it is illegal to let fireworks off in a public place.
In an emergency, or if you are in immediate danger, always call 999.
It's safer to go to an organised event but, if you do plan to have a bonfire in your own garden please follow our guidance:
- think carefully about where you place your bonfire, how you will keep it under control and how you'll ensure family and friends are safe around flames
- 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
Sky lanterns are a huge fire hazard. As well as being litter they create a significant danger to our wildlife and also put our hard working farmers at risk. Sky lanterns enormously increase pressure on emergency services, just one rogue sky lantern could cause a service fire.
Please do not light them at all.
For more information visit the NFCC website here.
- 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
Download our #BanginBonfire Campaign Toolkit
A range of resources have been developed for partner and community organisations, to help promote our autumn safety campaign.
Resources include assets for social media, flyers and posters.
Please use the hashtag #BanginBonfire on social media to see and share safety messages throughout the bonfire season.
For further support and queries in relation to this campaign, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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