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Stay safe this bonfire weekend

Post by Wirral Council News » Fri Nov 05, 2021 10:23 am

Whether you’re watching a community display or having a get together at home, make sure your celebrations go bang for all the right reasons with these top tips.

Be considerate of others

Let your neighbours know if you’re planning to have fireworks at home. Some people find fireworks scary or unpleasant. It will also give them a chance to protect any pets.
Keep animals inside and safe over the weekend of the 5 November. For specific tips on how to protect your pets, including distractions and ways to muffle the noises the RSPCA website has lots of information.
Avoid setting off fireworks if you live close to local wildlife habitats or livestock.
Build bonfires as close to the night you're planning to light it as possible so wild animals such as hedgehogs don’t make themselves a comfy bed inside.

Take additional precautions

Wrap up to stay warm and follow COVID-19 advice at any organised displays.
Continue to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 by regularly cleaning your hands, taking a rapid lateral flow test before you go to a community display and if you can, keep a distance and wear a mask, even though it’s outside. If you don’t' feel well, don’t go.

Help prevent fires and antisocial behaviour

Bring in your wheelie bin - and your neighbours’ if they have forgotten - so that they are out of sight and in a safe place.
Waste can be an easy target for deliberate fires. If you see any fly tipped rubbish such as wood, mattresses, and couches, report it online or by calling 0800 731 5958 (Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm). Out of hours, you can call 0151 666 5265 or email
If you’re having a bonfire at home, make sure there is plenty of room and it is clear of anything else that could catch fire. The safest place for a bonfire is at least 18 metres (60 ft) away from the house and any trees and hedges, fences or sheds.
Fireworks should only be used by a responsible adult. For further information on firework safety visit the RoSPA website.

Stay visible

Stay visible by wearing light or bright coloured clothing and something reflective.
If you’re attending a community event, take a photo of your group on the day, so you can remember what they are wearing if they get lost.
Give your children a paper bracelet to wear, with your mobile number on it.

Know what to do in an emergency

In an emergency, always call 999.
If someone’s clothes catch fire they should, stop, drop to the ground, cover face with hands, and roll over until the flames are out. You could even practice this with your family in advance.
Run a burn under cool water as soon as you can, even up to three hours after the burn happens, cool water can help.

For more information on stop, drop and roll and burns first aid, visit the Child Accident Prevention Trust website.

Visit the Child Accident Prevention Trusts fireworks advice hub for more safety advice, where they have information on:

Safe firework buying if you are having your own display
General safety tips around fireworks and bonfires
Things you can teach little ones ahead of the weekend
Maisie’s story – a case study of why it is so important to be safe

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Published by Wirral Council News on Fri, 05 Nov 2021

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