It’s not rocket science! Be safe this Halloween and Bonfire Night.
Halloween and bonfire night are traditionally some of the busiest times of year for our fire crews.
Last year, between 26th October and 6th November we attended 232 deliberate fires – a 22% decrease on the previous year. We’d like to keep this number decreasing as attending firework and bonfire misuse incidents can cost lifesaving minutes in our firefighters getting to a road traffic collision or a house fire for example.
In 2018 alone our crews attended 60 incidents relating to fireworks and bonfires. Fireworks can be spectacular, but they are dangerous and can cause serious injury if handled irresponsibly.
If you are looking to enjoy fireworks this year why not go to a safe, organised public display?
If you are purchasing fireworks, remember;
Bonfires can also be a fire risk.
We’d always recommend looking for alternative ways to get rid of your waste.
If you do have a bonfire, make sure you follow our safety tips;
With regards to Halloween, unsupervised candles in pumpkins and lanterns are our main concern, especially when used around fancy dress outfits. Use battery powered lights instead of candles in your pumpkin lantern especially if you are holding a children’s party. Please also ensure you buy fancy dress outfits that are labelled with the approved standards and regulations.
Head Fire Crime and Home Safety, Group Manager Neil Davies said: “This time of year is always fun and we want to make sure that everyone can enjoy the celebrations safely. Our message is simple – be sensible and look after yourselves and each other so that you don’t require our services during your evening. We attend many unsupervised fires and injuries caused by fireworks and out of control bonfires. The safest thing you can do is plan ahead and attend an organised display. Fireworks and bonfires are a lot of fun but it’s very important to be cautious and to enjoy the celebrations responsibly. Acting irresponsibly around fires and fireworks can have devastating consequences, can cause life threatening injuries and can even cost lives.”
If you are planning on having a supervised bonfire please notify our Joint Fire Control on 01268 909 408 or for more advice and guidance please visit our website: https://www.southwales-fire.gov.uk/your-safety-wellbeing/.