The sights, sounds and smells of Bonfire Night make it one of the most exciting nights on the year, but it is also one of the busiest for our emergency services due to the amount of small fires and firework related incidents, the majority of which occur at family or private parties and are caused through:
- The misuse of fireworks
- Using old or illegal fireworks purchased from unlicensed sellers
- Failure to observe the firework code
- The consumption of alcohol.
Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Services, Community Fire Prevention and Arson Manager, Moreno Francioso said: “We want Bonfire Night 2017 to go off with a bang for the right reasons. Everyone knows that fireworks and bonfires can cause devastating injuries, even if you are being careful. Most of the time, these disasters are preventable and the majority of accidents happen at private parties, so why take the risk? We are urging people to stay safe, ditch the back garden fireworks and go to an organised display!”
Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Fire and Community Safety, Howard Roberts, added: “This time of year can feel truly magical and we want the residents of Warwickshire to celebrate Bonfire Night as safely as possible. There is always an element of uncertainty with fireworks at home, and when back garden displays go wrong the results can be devastating. This is why we are urging people to leave it to the professionals and attend an organised display.”
Simon Cripwell, Warwickshire Trading Standards Officer added: “While the advice would be to attend an organised display, if you are still planning to have your own bonfire, then Warwickshire Trading Standards would advise you to be safe and only buy fireworks from reputable sellers. It’s illegal to sell fireworks out in the open on street corners, market stalls, or car boots and anyone who sees this happening should report it to Trading Standards on 03454 040506.”
Please see our website www.warwickshire.gov.uk/celebratesafely for information and advice including The Firework Code and Bonfire safety.