Remember, remember the 5th of November.
Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, South Wales Police, Dyfed Powys Police and Local Authorities 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 celebrations.
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 October. #Notfunforeveryone
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 Richards explains,
“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 after 11pm.
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 01268 909408 and provide us with the following information: For more information you can download our Fire Work Safety Poster
· Name of responsible person and contact telephone number
· Date, time and location of the bonfire
· How the fire will be extinguished after the event or if it gets out of control
The following are very simple Do’s and Do Not’s to ensure the safest possible night:
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 times.
•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 unattended.