Keep it safe in Kirklees this bonfire weekend

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is urging people to play it safe by going to an organised bonfire and fireworks display this year.

How are they preparing?

Firefighters and Control Room staff are gearing up for the busiest weekend of the year and there have already been lots of preparations over the last few weeks, with everything from school visits and community engagement events to deliver safety advice.

Tanya Simmons, Kirklees District Prevention Manager, said:

“The run up to Bonfire Night is one of the busiest times of year for the emergency services, and we really hope families can enjoy it safely.

We always encourage people to go to an organised event, rather than host their own, as they are safer and usually a better display too!”

Looking for somewhere to see fireworks?

Why not attend the Bonfire and Fireworks Extravaganza at the Fire Service Headquarters in Birkenshaw this Saturday November 3? It has a mini fireworks display with low noise for children as well as a main fireworks display later in the evening.

Fireworks Extravaganza Poster 2018

Bonfire safety messages went out at Huddersfield Town Football Club

Kirklees district prevention staff and operational crews were delighted to attend Huddersfield Town Football Club’s organised Fireworks display at Canal Side on Sunday October 21, where they were able to deliver bonfire safety messages to over 300 children and their parents.

How will areas be kept clean?

The fire service has also been supported by Safer Kirklees, who have allocated Community Environmental Support Officers to help sweep areas for any rubbish which could be used in anti-social fires.

How are school children made aware of the dangers of fireworks?

This year the fire service is once again running its Gone in a Flash campaign, which highlights the dangers of mishandling fireworks, and have been delivering glow in the dark wristbands to a whole host of schools so that pupils can make the ‘We are Bonfire Safe’ pledge.

Tanya added:

“While most adults enjoy fireworks responsibly at home, in the wrong hands they can cause life threatening injuries. Fireworks are explosives and burn at extremely high temperatures and the last thing we want to see this bonfire season is anyone getting injured.”

Want some advice on how to keep safe this bonfire night?

If you are intent on having an event at home, please follow this safety advice:

  • Only responsible adults should be in charge of bonfires/fireworks
  • Keep bonfires small and manageable and build them away from houses, garages, sheds, fences, overhead cables, trees and bushes
  • Never use flammable liquids – paraffin or petrol – to light the fire
  • Keep everyone away from the fire – especially children – and keep pets indoors
  • Avoid drinking alcohol whilst in charge of a bonfire or fireworks

More information can be found here.

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