Our firefighters are urging people to think twice before they light a bonfire or have a firework display in their garden this year.
Starting any fire can be extremely dangerous and may lead to disastrous consequences so we are encouraging people to consider safer options to celebrate Bonfire Night that doesn’t involve flames or fireworks.
Any fire can quickly get out of hand and spread to fences, sheds and properties. It can also cause harm and endanger life.
We really want you to have fun this Bonfire Night but to do so safely, within the law and bearing in mind the current situation with the pandemic.
We have provided this advice for anyone considering using fireworks in a bid to help keep everyone as safe as possible:
- 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
- Pour water on the embers before leaving
Fireworks must not be bought or used by anyone under the age of 18 and fireworks must have the CE safety mark printed on them. They can also frighten animals and people inside their homes so this should also be taken into consideration before they are used.
This year we need to celebrate a little differently and, now more than ever, we need to pull together to help slow the spread of the virus.
For more information about bonfire and firework safety please visit the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service website.