With Bonfire Night just a few days away, people are being urged to take extra care and are being encourage to visit an organised display.
UK Fire and Rescues Services are called to attend up to 50% more fire emergencies on and around November 5th than any other nights of the year. A large percentage of these attendances are a direct result of carelessness and/or irresponsible behaviour and therefore could be avoided.
Emergency service worker are more likely to be the victim of violence and hostility whilst carrying out their duties on November the 5th than most other nights of the year.
Organised displays are generally safer and people are less likely to be injured. Professionally organised displays have health and safety rules they must adhere to, are generally more spectacular to watch and provide better value for money.
However if you are having fireworks at home, ensure you have enough room in your garden, avoid drinking alcohol if you are lighting fireworks or bonfires and make sure children are supervised at all times. Supervised events also reduce the likelihood of anti-social behaviour and mean fire service resources are available for other accidents and emergencies.
And although this hard-hitting video produced by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service relates to Hallowe’en, the dangers of fancy dress clothing remains just as valid for Bonfire Night also, as sparks from fireworks, fires and candles pose just as big a danger.
CFOA has been campaigning for the past six months to get fancy dress items reclassified and is looking forward to the outcome of the government’s investigation. This includes carrying out spot checks on on retailers selling fancy dress costumes and carrying out flammability testing to assess whether they are safe for sale.
And steer clear of fake or illegal fireworks – the consequences could be devastating as this video from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Services demonstrates.