East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service Offer Bonfire Safety Tips

Friday 4th November 2016

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East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is urging residents to keep safe this bonfire night by having fun at an organised firework display.

By attending a large event families can enjoy a display without being responsible for safety arrangements.

However, if you do decide to hold an event at home please ensure that you only use fireworks from a reputable supplier, with safety marks, as there are many cheap and untested fireworks available on the market which are not safe.

Don’t forget your vulnerable pets, who may be afraid or distressed by any loud noise and flashes, as well as keeping children a safe distance from the display and fireworks out of reach and stored safely.

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s Community Fire Safety Manager, Steve Wright, said, “With the fireworks season almost upon us many people will be starting to plan their firework parties. Watching the firework display and a chance to get together with friends and family all make for an enjoyable time of the year. But it is important to remember that fireworks are extremely dangerous, if used inappropriately, which results in an increase in the number of emergency incidents for the Fire & Rescue Service, and an increase in visits to Accident and Emergency departments.

"If you are planning to have a firework party at home the following tips will help to keep you and your family safe during the celebrations."

Before the display:

  • Only buy fireworks from a registered retailer.
  • Inform your neighbours and be aware of their concerns.
  • Check the fireworks you buy are suitable for the size of your garden and conform to British Standards.
  • Read the instructions in daylight, or with a torch.
  • One person – clearly identified – should be responsible for the fireworks.

Essentials for the night:

  • A torch for checking instructions.
  • Bucket of water.
  • Eye protection and gloves.
  • Suitable supports for Catherine wheels and proper launchers for rockets.

During the display

  • It is against the law to set fireworks off after 11pm, except on Bonfire Night, when the cut off is midnight and Diwali, New Year’s Eve and Chinese New Year, when the cut off is 1am.
  • Don’t drink alcohol if you are setting off fireworks.
  • Always light fireworks at arm’s length using a taper.
  • Stand well back and keep others back.
  • Never go back to a firework after it has been lit, even if it hasn’t gone off it could still explode.
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket or throw them.
  • Always supervise children.
  • Store fireworks in a metal box and keep it closed between uses.
  • Keep pets indoors.
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