Have respect this Bonfire Night

30/10/2020

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service is joining forces with partners and local organisations 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 and are asking everyone to show respect this Bonfire Night.

Prevention Group Manager, Andy Macey, said: "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."

The Firework Code is in place to keep people safe, so firework displays should be planned to make them safe but enjoyable while following the local restrictions and should finish before 11pm.

People should only buy fireworks which carry the CE mark, keep them in a closed box and use them one at a time following given instructions. Fireworks should be lit at arm's length with a taper and people should stand well back. All naked flames, including cigarettes, should be kept away from fireworks.

This year NFRS is are also urging residents to not light bonfires.

Andy Macey said: "Bonfires can get out of hand and fire can spread quickly from hedges, overhanging trees and garages, and even in some cases spread to the house.

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

Adam Mitchell, Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) Paramedic from East Midlands Ambulance Service, said: "Injuries can be prevented by following the Firework Code but if you do suffer a burn, ensure you cool the burn under cool running water, preferably a shower, for at least 30 minutes.

"If you have any problems with the amount of pain you are experiencing, or you are struggling to breathe as a result of the injury, please call 999. If it is a child or baby that has been burned, then always seek medical advice. When 999 is not appropriate, advice can be sought by phoning 111, attending an urgent care centre or visiting your local accident and emergency department."

Fireworks can frighten people and animals so NFRS is asking people to please respect their neighbours. The elderly and children are frequently scared and intimidated by firework noise. After all, fireworks are explosives. Residents should tell their neighbours if they're planning on letting off fireworks. People are asked to be considerate when having a firework party and make sure the noise is over by 11pm. 

Chief Superintendent Rob Griffin, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "Fireworks can be fun, but using them irresponsibly can be a nuisance for your neighbours or even cause serious injury.

"As we enter fireworks season it's really important for people to think carefully and follow some basic guidance.

"Fireworks should only be bought from a legitimate and trusted retailer and should also comply with British Standard 7114 or European equivalent.

"They should also be used with consideration for your neighbours and should never be set off in the street or on any other public place.

"Anyone caught causing a nuisance with fireworks will receive an instant fine of £80 and any fireworks found on a person under 18 will be confiscated.

"This year I must also remind people to make sure any celebrations are within the Covid guidelines, ensuring that you are only mixing with your own household or support bubble."

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