Show some respect this Bonfire Night

Firefighter kit with Fireworks and Halloween itemsAvon Fire and Rescue Service (AF&RS) is joining forces with Avon and Somerset Police (ASP) and South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) to help keep people safe this bonfire and fireworks season.

With many organised events cancelled, emergency services are preparing for a busier night than usual as people celebrate in their own gardens.

We are asking everyone to show RESPECT this Bonfire Night.

Respect the Firework

Whilst most people enjoy fireworks responsibly, in the wrong hands they can cause real misery. Remember that fireworks are explosives, and as such should be treated with respect and only used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and the Firework Code.

Please stay safe and follow the Firework Code:-

  • Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable, and ensure it finishes before 11pm
  • Only buy fireworks which carry the CE mark, keep them in a closed box and use them one at a time
  • Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary
  • Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back
  • Never return to a firework once it has been lit
  • Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks
  • Don't put fireworks in pockets and never throw them
  • Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators
  • Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire
  • Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix – think don’t drink!

Respect the Emergency Services

We are currently amidst a global pandemic and we are asking people not to take risks, putting additional pressures on our emergency services. 

A South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) spokesperson said: “We would encourage everyone to stay safe this bonfire and fireworks season, and to prevent injuries by following the Firework Code. If someone does suffer a burn, get it treated as soon as possible to limit the damage to their skin:

  • Cool the burn with cool or lukewarm running water for 20 minutes straight away after the injury is sustained.
  • Then cover the burn with cling film or a clean plastic bag.
  • Give the person paracetamol or ibuprofen to reduce their pain.
  • Take them to a hospital accident and emergency (A&E) department for large burns, or burns that cause white charred or blistered skin.
  • Call NHS 111 for advice if you don’t know what to do, or call 999 for an ambulance if they are seriously injured or their life may be at risk.

For more information and advice, please visit the NHS webpage

Respect your neighbours

Fireworks can frighten people and animals. The elderly and children are frequently scared and intimidated by firework noise. After all, fireworks are explosives. Tell your neighbours if you’re a planning on letting off fireworks and avoid purchasing really noisy ones. Please be considerate when having a firework party and make sure the noise is over by 11pm. 

Avon and Somerset Police Superintendent Simon Brickwood says: "Bonfire Night can be unsettling for people who are elderly, vulnerable or live alone. Our Neighbourhood teams will be working to help people feel safe, reduce antisocial behaviour and we’re encouraging the public to look out for each other and be respectful of neighbours. Remember, you must be over 18 to purchase fireworks and it is illegal to set off or throw fireworks (including sparklers) in the street or other public places.”

Fireworks can also cause a great deal of distress to animals. In a recent survey, 62% of dog owners reported their pets showing signs of distress during fireworks season, with 54% of cat owners experiencing the same. We are supporting RSPCA’s ‘Bang Out Of Order’ campaign, encouraging the responsible use of fireworks and the adoption of tighter regulations concerning their use.

Show some respect this Bonfire Night.

Watch our firework safety video with Fido the Fire Dog.

Please click on the following links for further safety information relating to firework safety.