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Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Your local firefighters suggest: Enjoy a community firework display this Bonfire Night



 


Enjoy a community firework display this Bonfire Night
 
VISIT a public firework display this Bonfire Night instead of having one at home, is the message from fire officers ahead of November 5th.
 
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service is asking residents for their help to make sure fire engines do not drown out the sound of fireworks by attending organised displays, which are much safer than building a bonfire in your garden or setting off shop-bought rockets.
The Bonfire Night period is often a busy one for fire control and our crews.
Last year, between 5pm and midnight on November 5, there were 63 emergency 999 calls made, with 35 per cent of them being false alarms, many of which were people thinking there was a fire, but it was actually a controlled bonfire. The year before, 57 per cent were false alarms.
Group Commander Chris Parker, head of community fire safety, said: "We want the firework events in Cambridgeshire to go off with a bang this year and to remain fun and safe for everyone involved. We would highly recommend families support their local, professionally organised display rather than set off fireworks or build a bonfire in their garden.
"Bonfires can easily spread to nearby homes, outbuildings, trees and fences if not managed carefully. Fireworks are extremely dangerous if not used correctly and can easily injure the person using them, or those nearby.
"We also get many 999 calls during the bonfire season to incidents that people think are fires, but are actually controlled bonfires in people's gardens. We would urge people to check - if possible - before dialling 999, but obviously if they are in any doubt they should dial 999 immediately."
Top tips for staying safe on Bonfire Night:
 
Bonfires
-         Don't light bonfires in unsuitable weather, particularly in windy conditions. Be aware of where the smoke is blowing.
-         Don't leave bonfires unattended.
-         Build bonfires well clear of buildings, fences and hedges.
-         Never use flammable liquids to start the fire and never burn dangerous rubbish such as aerosols, paint, foam furniture, rubber tyres, batteries, etc.
-         Before you light the bonfire, check children and animals are not hiding inside and are a safe distance away.
Fireworks
 
CFRS recommends going to an organised firework display instead of holding one at home.
However, if you do intend to use fireworks at home:
-         Buy fireworks marked BS 7114, keep them in a closed box and follow the instructions.
-         Light at arms length using a taper, stand well back and never go back to a lit firework.
-         Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them.
-         Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves as sparklers can reach temperature of up to 2,000°C.
-         Never give sparklers to children under five and always supervise children using them.
 
It is illegal to sell fireworks to anyone under the age of 18 and it is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to possess fireworks in a public place.
It is also worth noting if you own a business or residential property with automatic fire alarms, ensure all windows are closed, otherwise smoke from a nearby bonfire could enter the building and set off the alarms system.


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