Mid and West Wales Fire and
Rescue Service, South Wales Police and Dyfed Powys Police are working together
to raise public awareness on how to be safe for the forthcoming Halloween and
Fireworks activities. The campaign
encourages persons to be considerate to anyone who does not wish to join in the
For many children and young people Halloween is a night for dressing up
and be rewarded with “treats” from their neighbours. The Fire Service Community Safety departments
alongside the Police are reminding children and young people to respect
neighbours who are not keen to participate with the activities of the 31st
With November 5th just
around the corner Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service encourages the
public to celebrate this year's Bonfire Night in the safest way possible and
attend an official, organised public firework display, which are much safer,
more entertaining, and cost effective than private displays.
The main message is to enjoy
fireworks from a safe distance, and if trick or treating, only calling on those
who want to take part.
Arson Reduction Manager, Steve
“MAWWFRS is committed to
supporting vulnerable people who are subject to crimes and anti – sociable
behaviour. Over this period, we will be working in partnership with our
partner organisations, to make contact and offer support to victims of this
type of crime.”
He continues with the advice,
“Safety is the key to having a
safe and successful Bonfire Night. We
would encourage everybody who wishes to celebrate Bonfire Night to try and
attend your local community fireworks display and bonfire event. However, if you do wish to buy fireworks,
make sure that you purchase them from a reputable retailer and only buy
fireworks marked BS 7114.”
Please remember to keep your pets
indoors during this period to ensure that they are safe from risk or fright and
be considerate of your neighbours by warning them beforehand and don’t let off
fireworks off after 11pm. For further
information on the Law and Fireworks please click on the link https://www.gov.uk/fireworks-the-law
If you are
aware of any persons who may be selling illegal fireworks, please contact the
Police by phoning 101.”
MAWWFRS advises the public against building
private bonfires, but if you are planning a bonfire we insist that you contact
the Fire Service ahead of time on 01268909404 and provide us with the following
of responsible person and contact telephone number
time and location of the bonfire
the fire will be extinguished after the event or if it gets out of control
following are very simple Do’s and Do Not’s to ensure the safest possible
Position the bonfire well away from houses,
garages, sheds, fences, overhead cables, trees and shrubs. Further than 15
meters is usually a safe distance.
•Make sure the bonfire
is stable and will not collapse.
•Ensure everyone is a
safe distance (15m) away from the fire and children are supervised at all
•Keep buckets of water,
a garden hose or a fire extinguisher nearby in case of an emergency.
•Pour water on the
remains of the bonfire before leaving.
•Keep pets indoors
during bonfire night.
Burn the following:
•Foam filled furniture
•Never use flammable
liquids to light a bonfire.
•Never light or store
fireworks near a bonfire.
•Never leave a bonfire
For more information on the disposal
of fireworks please see our website - http://www.mawwfire.gov.uk/English/Safety/In-The-Community/Pages/Fireworks.aspx