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Remember remember, to stay at home this 5th of November

Published
05.11.2020

From today (Thursday 5 November), England has moved into a national lockdown with new restriction rules in place, so residents must stay at home on bonfire night to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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With all firework display events cancelled this year, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service is preparing for a busier night than usual as celebrations are expected to take place in private gardens.

If you are hosting your own bonfire night party for your household, the Fire Service has prepared some tips to make sure you stay safe.

  • Make sure your fireworks are CE marked
  • Only allow adults to handle fireworks
  • Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back
  • Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks
  • Never return to a firework once it has been lit
  • Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire
  • For an emergency keep buckets of water or the garden hose close by
  • Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving
  • Keep children under supervision when using sparklers and prepare a bucket of sand to dispose of them
  • Never buy fireworks from unlicensed sellers
  • Pour water on the embers before leaving

Further advice about firework and bonfire safety is available at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/glosfire/your-safety/safety-outdoors/firework-and-bonfire-safety

The national lockdown restrictions that now apply in England are:

  • You must stay at home with members of your household or bubble
  • Only leave home for food, medical reasons, exercise, education or work
  • You must work from home if you can
  • Avoid travel unless essential
  • Schools and essential shops will remain open
  • Remember: wash hands, cover face, make space

Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member with responsibility for the Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Every year, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service attends incidents where bonfires have got out of control. If you’re planning to host your own private fireworks display, it’s really important you follow the new national restrictions and fire safety advice, so everyone in Gloucestershire can enjoy a safe Guy Fawkes Night without any fires or injuries.”

Wayne Bowcock, chief fire officer, said: “There are often serious and life changing injuries associated with the use of fireworks so we must all do what we can to avoid putting additional pressure on the NHS at this critical time. If people are going to use fireworks in a domestic setting then they must follow the firework code and please be sensible and careful - fireworks are explosives so should be treated with extreme caution.”

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