Staying safe this bonfire night

Published Thursday 4 November 2021 at 14:29

Top tips for having fun and staying safe this bonfire night.

Whilst most people enjoy fireworks responsibly, in the wrong or careless hands they can cause real misery.

Remember that fireworks are explosives, and as such should be treated with respect and only used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and the Firework Code.

Please stay safe and follow the Firework Code:-

  • We advise people to attend an organised bonfire and firework display or watch our virtual firework display at 18:30 on 5 November on our Facebook and YouTube channels.
  • If you are going to have your own fireworks and bonfire thought, plan to make it safe and enjoyable, and ensure it finishes before 11pm, midnight on Bonfire Night
  • Only buy fireworks which carry the CE mark, keep them in a closed box and use them one at a time
  • Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary
  • Place on a stable surface, light the firework at arm’s length with a taper and stand well back
  • Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks
  • Never return to a firework once it has been lit
  • Dispose of fireworks by soaking in a bucket of water for several hours, bag it and bin in your usual black bin once completely cool
  • Don’t put fireworks in pockets and never throw them
  • Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators
  • Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire
  • Do not burn household rubbish or white goods on a bonfire. Keep your bonfire within a cordon area away from fireworks, people, property and trees and never light using flammable liquid. Check for animals hiding before lighting
  • Keep pets indoors and ensure children are safe and a good distance away from the fireworks
  • Pour water on bonfire embers to ensure it is fully extinguished before leaving or going to bed
  • If using sparklers ensure they are held in a gloved hand at arm’s length and there is a bucket of water to put them in once the sparkler is out

If any clothing catches on fire remember to stop, drop and roll. And remember to call 999 and ask for the fire service if it is an emergency.

Learn more about bonfire and firework safety on the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service website via:

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