Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, South Wales Police and Dyfed Powys Police are working together to raise public awareness around staying safe this Halloween and Bonfire night.
The BANG (Be A Nice Guy) campaign is an all-Wales operation to encourage people to stay safe and ensure celebrations do not get out of hand. The campaign has been very successful in previous years and has led to a marked reduction in anti-social behaviour and fire related incidents during the period.
The Service and its partners are once again asking for the public’s cooperation this year, to help make sure that Halloween and Bonfire Night 2017 is one that can be enjoyed by all.
Many people will also be looking forward to watching fireworks in the coming days and weeks. MAWWFRS is asking the public to attend organised firework display and has been reinforcing safety messages to children on the dangers of fireworks.
Community safety crews in all six local authority areas have been engaging with the public and offering safety advice in schools, youth clubs, shopping centres, car parks and at events to ensure adults and children stay safe and get the most enjoyment out of the coming weeks.
Arson Reduction Manager, Steve Richards advises,
“With fireworks now widely on sale across the country, it’s really important that people plan their Bonfire Night celebrations in advance to ensure they are memorable for all the right reasons. We would encourage everyone to enjoy fireworks at a properly organised public display, as that’s the safest option and discourage the public from opting for celebrations at home.
“In previous years, we have sadly heard of many people suffering painful injuries because something has gone wrong at a private fireworks party.
We want to remind people that fireworks are explosives and the injuries they can cause, such as to the eye, can be devastating. If you are planning a private party, good preparation is a crucial element of a successful and safe display”.
Young people should watch and enjoy fireworks at a safe distance and follow the safety rules for using sparklers.
Only adults should deal with firework displays and the lighting of fireworks. They should also take care of the safe disposal of fireworks once they have been used.
1. Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable.
2. Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time.
3. Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary.
4. Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back.
5. Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks.
6. Never return to a firework once it has been lit.
7. Don't put fireworks in pockets and never throw them.
8. Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators.
9. Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire.
Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving.
If you want more information on the types of support the Service can offer please contact the Arson Reduction Team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us on 01792 705130.”