‘Stay alert, don’t get hurt’ this Halloween and Firework period
As Halloween and Bonfire Night approach, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS) is preparing for a busy time, aiming to make South Wales safer by reducing risk during this hazardous period.
Between October and November 2022, SWFRS saw the number of incidents they were called to attend due to fireworks doubled from the previous year. The risks around bonfires and fireworks are well known, and the Service promotes its key messages around safety and wellbeing every year in partnership with South Wales Police and Gwent Police. This year, the prevailing message is to “stay alert, don’t get hurt” during the Halloween and firework season.
Arson Reduction Team Manager at SWFRS, Mike Hill, said:
“Every year, we attend incidents where members of the public are injured by fireworks and bonfires. We ask everyone, where possible, to attend organised displays that have safety measures in place.”
Firefighters and local authorities are holding organised firework displays for 2023, to make sure you can enjoy firework night safely.
Here are a few of the organised displays SWFRS are supporting this year:
Rhondda Cynon Taf
Head of Community Safety and Partnerships, Group Manager Bleddyn Jones, said:
“This time of year is always a busy time for our Firefighters. Setting off fireworks at home poses significant risk, therefore we will always encourage the public to attend a professionally organised display.
“If you do choose to have your own display, please do so carefully, take extreme care, and follow the firework code.
“Our message is simple – be sensible and look after yourselves, and consider your neighbours and any animals that are nearby. We attend many unsupervised fires, and see many injuries caused by fireworks and out of control bonfires. Fireworks are nice to watch, but it’s very important to be cautious, and enjoy the celebrations responsibly. We cannot stress enough that acting irresponsibly around fires and fireworks can have devastating consequences, and cause life threatening injuries.”
If you are deciding to have fireworks at home, please follow the below steps to ensure safety for you and those around you:
A recent survey carried out by the RSPCA showed that among pet owners, 63% reported signs of distress in their animals during the firework period.
The RSPCA received 11,000 responses to its firework incident reporting survey in 2021 – 68% of these reports came from members of the public whose animals had been impacted by private at-home displays, and 94% of respondents to our 2021 impact survey did not have prior notice of firework displays within their locality.
19% of reports received about animals in distress were because of antisocial behaviour.
The RSPCA has been running its #BangOutOfOrder campaign for many years, which calls for more control over fireworks displays.
For more general tips for animal wellbeing this firework season, please visit the RSPCA website
Safety tips during Halloween
Each year, our Service works in partnership with South Wales Police (SWP) and Gwent Police (GP) to ensure your safety during the Halloween and fireworks period.
South Wales Police Sergeant, Andy Jones, said:
“We are once again working with partners to prevent firework-related disorder and other forms of anti-social behaviour.
“Assaults, anti-social behaviour and arson are clearly unacceptable, and could see offenders jailed or fined. We are urging our communities to celebrate safely and behave in a responsible way.
“There will be increased patrols in place across ASB hotspots, and we urge members of the public not to suffer in silence; contact us if you need help.”
If anyone would like to report concerns for anti-social behaviour, you can do so in one of the following ways:
🗪 Live Chat https://www.south-wales.police.uk/
💻 Report online https://www.south-wales.police.uk/ro/report
📧 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
📞 101 or always call 999 in an emergency.
Other fire safety tips during Halloween