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Remember, remember to enjoy fireworks safely!

As residents will be getting ready to enjoy Bonfire Night this year after missing out during the pandemic, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding people to stay safe while enjoying fireworks.

Bonfire Night can be plenty of fun for all of the family to enjoy, but with lots of potential hazards, it’s really important to keep you and your family safe. Help support your local community this year and go to an organised firework display instead of holding one at home.

Group Commander Per Middleton, the Service’s head of Community Fire Safety, said: “We want everyone to enjoy Bonfire Night this year, especially as the pandemic prevented it last year, and being safe while enjoying yourself should always be a priority. Our crews are often called to incidents involving bonfires and fireworks that can be easily avoided by taking a few precautions.

“Simple things like attending an organised fireworks display can make a big difference. A map with details of displays around the county is available on our website to help find the closest one to you.

“However, we are also aware that people like to host their own displays in their gardens for example. We would urge these people to follow our simple firework and bonfire safety tips to help ensure they are staying safe.”

If you do plan on using fireworks at home, please ensure you consider our safety advice below:

Fireworks:

  • Only buy fireworks with a CE mark
  • Light fireworks at arm’s length using a taper, stand well back and never go back to a lit firework
  • Never throw fireworks or put them in your pockets or clothing
  • Light sparklers one at a time wearing gloves, and place used sparklers in a bucket of water
  • Never give sparklers to children under five
  • Keep your pets indoors throughout the evening
  • It is illegal to sell fireworks to someone under the age of 18 or to light fireworks in a public place
  • Respect your neighbours – don’t let off fireworks late at night and remember there are laws to follow.

We would urge people to think twice about having a bonfire.

Lighting a bonfire in a garden presents significant risks to residents if they get out of hand. Not only this, but the smoke can also aggravate neighbours with respiratory problems.

If you do decide to have a bonfire, please follow our top five tips:

  1. Build your bonfire well clear of buildings, garden sheds, fences and hedges
  2. Never use flammable liquids to start a bonfire, and never burn dangerous items such as aerosol cans, paint tins, foam furniture, or batteries
  3. Don’t leave bonfires unattended. An adult should supervise it until it has burnt out. If it has to be left, damp it down with plenty of water
  4. Always keep a bucket of water or a hosepipe nearby in case the fire spreads
  5. Check the weather - avoid lighting bonfires in high winds.

A map showing the fireworks displays around the county can be found in our Community Safety section.

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