Safety advice ahead of big Bonfire Night weekend


The best way to safely enjoy the evening is to go to a professionally organised public event

Ahead of a big weekend for firework lovers, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue is reminding us of the ways to enjoy the occasion and stay safe.

They say this is best achieved by attending a professionally organised public event.

For those that have their own fireworks party, tips include only buying CE marked fireworks from reputable and licensed shops.   Fireworks should be kept in a closed, metal box and lit at arm’s length with a taper.   If a firework doesn’t go off it shouldn’t be returned to.

We should also think about the dangers from bonfires and the advice is to make sure this is at least 18 metres away from houses, trees and hedges.   It should be surrounded by a barrier to keep spectators five metres away.   Before being lit the fire should be checked to make sure its stable and that there are no children or animals inside.

The Fire and Rescue Service do not recommend the use of sky lanterns because of the fire risk that they pose, and any costumes worn should be fire resistant.

Deb Forder, Community Safety Manager from Oxfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Organised fireworks displays are more fun, cheaper and far safer than hosting your own fireworks or bonfire party.

“However, if you are planning on using fireworks for a private event on 5 November, or at other community gatherings, please familiarise yourself with the Fireworks Safety Code to ensure you keep everyone safe.

“Remember that fire safety is much more than fireworks and great care should also be taken with Chinese sky lanterns, and with costumes, clothing and decorations.”

A full list of the best local public displays can be found on the Banbury FM Events Guide.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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