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Safety reminder ahead of Bonfire Night

Date: 27th October, 2023

With Bonfire Night just around the corner, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging local people to attend organised displays rather than holding their own at home.

Prevention Delivery Manager Vikki Thomas said: “We would always urge people to attend organised bonfire and fireworks events as it’s much safer. In addition, it reduces the potential pressure on the fire and rescue service at a time of year when we can be extremely busy.

“Watching fireworks at a secured site, behind a safety cordon, is the best way to celebrate safely and avoid injury – plus many such events raise money for the local community or charities. It’s also fairer to pet owners, as they will know when and where displays will be taking place.”

If you do have a home display, remember that only adults should deal with setting up, lighting and disposing safely of fireworks. Remember the Fireworks Code:

Follow these top tips for sparkler safety:

It’s also essential to make sure any bonfire at home is kept under control, with safety measures in place:

Any issues such as anti-social behaviour can be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

More advice can be found at www.dwfire.org.uk/fireworks

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