Bonfire Night Safety
How to stay safe this weekend
West Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire Fire Service have provided help and advice for families to stay safe this Bonfire weekend.
Young people should never be directly involved in the provision of firework displays or bonfires. The Fire Service recommends the following safety points to adults to promote everybody's safety:
- Keep bonfires small and manageable and build them away from houses, garages, sheds, fences, overhead cables, trees and bushes
- Never use flammable liquids – paraffin or petrol – to light the fire
- Keep everyone away from the fire – especially children – and keep pets indoors
- Avoid drinking alcohol whilst in charge of a bonfire or fireworks
- In case of an emergency, keep buckets of water, the garden hose or a fire extinguisher ready
Make sure your fireworks conform to British Standards BS 7114, EN 14035 or EN 15947
- Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time
Light the firework at arm’s length using a taper or fuse wick and stand well back – never return to a firework once it has been lit
- You cannot buy fireworks under the age of 18
- You can be fined or imprisoned for buying or using fireworks illegally
- Only children over the age of five are allowed to use sparklers and should be supervised by an adult at all times
For further details visit the West Yorkshire Fire Service website here.
For full details of how West Yorkshire Police are supporting the community, visit their website here.