Gloucestershire County Council Press Release

Stay safe if you want your night to go with a bang

Residents and community groups celebrating the season with bonfires and bangers are being reminded to put people's safety first.

Tomorrow night (Friday 1st November), a number of local people are expected to light up the cold, dark nights with fireworks parties. In addition, plenty of organised events will take place across the county in the coming week.

Chief Fire Officer Jon Hall, of Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service said:"Friday nights are among our busiest times of the week. Lots of people will be looking forward to celebrating with bonfires and fireworks."

"We want people to be able to enjoy themselves, but we're urging them to be extra careful and have in place all the safety measures they possibly can. The best option is to go to an officially organised public event."

Jon added: "People must be vigilant if they're cooking at home, whether it's at tea time, for a fireworks party, or later when they get back from a night out."

The risks can be made worse by the use of illegal fireworks - every year tonnes are seized nationally and they don't conform to British standards, so are capable of causing serious injury.

Eddie Coventry, Head of Gloucestershire County Council's Trading Standards Service, said:"Illegal fireworks can be highly dangerous because they haven't been through the same safety checks as legal ones - these are basically explosives which have the potential to behave erratically. So don't take the risk"

Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, cabinet member for communities, said:"It is vital for everybody's safety, no matter how small or large the event, that the handling and use of fireworks is taken very seriously."

"We are urging people to be vigilant and to keep their family close by, whether they are hosting their own bonfire party or going to an organised event."

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service has some simple advice for people who are looking to hold their own fireworks parties.

Before your firework display:

On the night, make sure you have:

Lighting fireworks:

Sparklers:

Whatever people's plans on Friday night, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue is asking them to make sure that they take six steps to reduce the risk of fire in their home.

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

More information and advice for residents can be found at www.glosfire.gov.uk or www.direct.gov.uk/firekills.

Issued by:Keith Coles, Gloucestershire County Council media team, 01452 425391

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31st October 2013