Have a safe and sparkling bonfire night
November 1, 2018
As bonfire night approaches, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) is encouraging residents to plan ahead and enjoy the celebrations safely and responsibly.
NFRS has issued a number of safety tips and is encouraging residents wanting to enjoy fireworks to attend organised displays which are being held across the north east.
Mark McCarty, deputy chief fire officer, said: “Fireworks and bonfires are a lot of fun but it’s so important for residents to be cautious and to enjoy the celebrations responsibly.
“Acting irresponsibly around fires and fireworks can have devastating effects, can cause life threatening injuries and can even cost lives.
“Where possible we recommend residents visit organised public firework displays which are safer and more cost effective, but if anyone is planning their own display, please follow our safety advice very carefully.”
The council is also doing its bit to promote firework safety by setting up a special web page highlighting where organised displays are in and around the county, and promoting straightforward safety tips.
Top 10 safety tips for enjoying fireworks and bonfires safely:
- Avoid wearing loose clothing or clothing that is labelled ‘highly flammable’
- Always wear gloves when handling sparklers and fireworks
- Always have buckets of water ready to put out small fires or to cool sparklers
- Make sure children are supervised around fireworks and bonfires at all times
- Never drink alcohol if you’re setting off fireworks
- Keep animals indoors and close curtains
- Only purchase fireworks that are sold by a licensed seller
- Follow instructions carefully and light fireworks at arm’s length
- Ensure spectators stand back from fireworks
- Never go back to a firework after it has been lit – even if it hasn’t gone off
Anyone with concerns about fireworks related disorder, or anti-social behaviour where they live, should contact their neighbourhood policing team on 101.
For a list of organised public display in and around Northumberland and for a full list of safety advice, visit www.northumberland.gov.uk/