Keeping Gwynedd and Wales Safe on Fireworks Night

Date: 30/10/2020

Due to the current Firebreak lockdown restrictions more people may be thinking about having a firework display at home this year. However Gwynedd Council’s Public Protection Service, together with the North Wales Fire & Rescue Service, are urging Gwynedd residents to celebrate in the safest way possible.

Current restrictions mean that the usual organised displays, like so many other events, are not permitted. The message is that if you are thinking of having a fireworks display in your garden, always follow the firework code: https://www.britishfireworksassociation.co.uk/firework-advice-for-consumers/

It is important that everyone follow the Welsh Government advice. Remember that only people from your own household are allowed to enjoy the display with you.  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. Everyone must think how they can Keep Gwynedd and Wales safe and not spread coronavirus.

Coronavirus Firebreak - FAQs: https://gov.wales/coronavirus-firebreak-frequently-asked-questions

 

Important things to consider

• Fireworks can be dangerous and in combination with the added risks of coronavirus, you need to think very carefully before purchasing this year. 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, who may be taking advantage of the current restrictions – 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/

• Wales is currently under national lockdown. This means that if you do have a firework party in your house or garden with non-permitted visitors you will be breaking the law. Additionally, you will be putting everyone at risk of catching coronavirus.

• 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.

• People in Wales may not gather with anyone outside of their household, unless they are a single person household or a single parent, whereby they may form an extended household with one other household.

• 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. These people are also at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

• In an emergency call 999.

• For further Fire Safety Advice, please contact North Wales Fire and Rescue Service 01745 535 250 https://www.nwales-fireservice.org.uk/home/?lang=en-gb

• Welsh Government coronavirus firebreak frequently asked questions can be found here: https://gov.wales/coronavirus-firebreak-frequently-asked-questions

 

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 here:

https://www.britishfireworksassociation.co.uk/firework-advice-for-consumers/

https://www.nwales-fireservice.org.uk/keeping-you-safe/in-your-community/firework-bonfire-safety/?lang=en-gb

https://gov.wales/coronavirus-firebreak-frequently-asked-questions