Bonfire and Firework Safety for Telford Residents
12th October 2015
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As both Halloween and Bonfire Night approach, with them come firework displays and bonfires in and around Telford. While most people would not intentionally hurt themselves or another person at a bonfire and fireworks event, here is some simple advice to keep in mind and maintain safety this Bonfire night. 

Everyone should read the fire safety laws about bonfires and fireworks, aswell as reading the RoSPA Firework code. These guidelines will help you stay safe with sparklers, bonfires and fireworks. They are aimed at individuals or organisations that are involved in public bonfire and firework displays that are not being undertaken by professional organisers.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to encourage residence to attend an organised bonfire where possible. But if you do intend on build your own bonfire, please make sure you follow this safety advice:

  1. Site the bonfire well away from houses, garages, sheds, fences, overhead cables, trees and shrubs AND ALWAYS AWAY FROM FIREWORKS.
  2. Build the stack so that it is stable and will not collapse outwards or to one side.
  3. NEVER use flammable liquids - paraffin or petrol - to light the fire.
  4. Don't burn foam-filled furniture, aerosols, tins of paint and bottles.
  5. Before lighting the fire check for wild animals.
  6. Keep everyone away from the fire - especially children, who must be supervised all the time.
  7. For an emergency keep buckets of water or the garden hose or a fire extinguisher ready.
  8. Pour water on the embers before leaving.

Have fun, stay safe and follow the Firework Code for everyone's benefit.

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