Keep Safe this Bonfire Night

Celebrating Bonfire Night may be a little different this year, so we have some important advice for you if you are planning on using fireworks at home.

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Firework Safety

Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service's advice on staying safe whilst using fireworks is to REMEMBER the Firework Code:

• If holding a firework display at home, plan it to make it safe and enjoyable.

 • Don't drink alcohol if you are the person setting the fireworks off.

• Only buy fireworks from licensed sellers who will be stocking items that are CE marked.

• In case of an emergency, keep buckets of water, garden hose, or a fire extinguisher.

• Always supervise children around fireworks and never give sparklers to children under five.

• Light all fireworks at arm's length using a taper.

• Stand well back.

• Follow the instructions on each firework

• Never go back to a lit firework, it still might explode.

• Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them.

• Keep pets indoors

Be Mindful

Fireworks can be stressful for some people and animals. Please be respectful and mindful of those around you, particularly those with pets or who are vulnerable and may be distressed by loud fireworks. If you are planning on having a display, check in with your neighbours to see if they are ok with it. Have your display at a reasonable time. The law on fireworks is to not set them off after 11pm unless it is November 5th, in which case you can set them off up until midnight.

The Rule of Six

It is currently against the law to meet with over six people, indoors or outdoors, as stated by the government. If you are considering hosting a gathering to celebrate bonfire night, please ensure you are following this advice or you could receive a fine. Visit the government website here for up to date information on social gatherings and the medium alert level rules that currently apply in Hertfordshire. 

Have fun, stay safe.