Keeping Gwynedd safe on Fireworks Night
Despite the fact that Covid restrictions have eased there may be fewer organised firework displays this year.
This could mean that people may be thinking about having a firework display at home - the Council’s Public Protection Service is encouraging Gwynedd residents to celebrate in the safest way possible.
The message is that if you are thinking of having a fireworks display in your garden, always follow the firework code. Please be mindful and respectful to your neighbours, especially the elderly and others who may not wish to participate in these celebrations and of course pets.
Important things to consider
- Fireworks should only ever be purchased from licensed retailers and should always carry a CE mark. Beware of door-to-door sellers or private sales via social media platforms such as Facebook - the fireworks may not be up to the stringent product safety standards.
- Always follow the Firework Code https://www.britishfireworksassociation.co.uk/firework-advice-for-consumers/
- You must not set off fireworks in parks or public open space. This is banned by all local authorities in Wales.
- No garden bonfires. The Fire Service, Police and local authorities are strongly advising the public against building private bonfires.
- Keep pets indoors.
- Fire smoke can also irritate airways, the skin and eyes, causing coughing, wheezing, breathlessness and chest pain. People with asthma and other respiratory diseases may become unwell because of fire smoke.
- In an emergency call 999.
Further fire safety advice is available from North Wales Fire and Rescue Service https://www.northwalesfire.gov.wales/?lang=en-gb
The Firework Code
- Make sure all fireworks comply with approved standards and regulations.
- Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks.
- Keep fireworks in a closed box and always follow the instructions carefully when using them.
- Light them at arm’s length using a taper and stand well back.
- Never go back to them once they are lit. Even if a firework has not gone off, it could still explode.
- Never throw fireworks and never put them in your pocket.
- Respect your neighbours – don’t let off fireworks late at night and remember there are laws to follow.
- Take care with sparklers – never give them to children under five.
- Even when they have gone out they are still hot so put sparklers in a bucket of water after use.
- Keep your pets indoors throughout the evening.
More information about the firework code is available here: https://www.britishfireworksassociation.co.uk/firework-advice-for-consumers/