Bonfire Night Safety Advice

Its Bonfire night tonight, here is some advice released by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to make sure you have a fun and safe night.

Fireworks Advice

  • Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable, and ensure it finished before 11pm.
  • Only buy fireworks which carry the CE mark, keep them in a closed metal box and take them out one at a time.
  • Follow the instructions on each firework.
  • Light the firework at arms 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 – even if it hasn’t gone off.
  • Don’t put fireworks in pockets and never throw them.
  • Direct and rocket fireworks well away from spectators.
  • Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire.
  • Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving.

Sparkler safely

  • Supervise children with sparklers and never give them to a child under five.
  • Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves.
  • Put used sparklers hot end down into a bucket of sand or water.

Bonfire Safety

  • Never drink alcohol if you are tending a bonfire or setting off fireworks – remember it is an offence to consume alcohol in a public place.
  • To reduce the emission of harmful smoke and combustion products bonfires should comprise of untreated wood and paper based materials only.
  • There is a danger of explosion from pressurised containers or sealed vessels amongst bonfire material or irresponsibly thrown on burning bonfires.
  • Never throw fireworks on bonfires.
  • Never use flammable liquids to ignite bonfires – use proprietary fire lighters.
  • Smoke from bonfires must not pose a public nuisance, affect visibility on roads or otherwise inconvenience vehicles.
  • Sparks, flying embers or burning debris must not endanger nearby property.
  • Never leave a burning/smouldering bonfire unsupervised – make sure it is completely extinguished.

As well as this specific safety advice people are reminded to follow the Scottish Governments Coronavirus rules.

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