Welcome from the Chief
Halloween and Bonfire Safety
With celebrations for Halloween and Bonfire Night fast approaching, we are joining with North Wales Police to urge people to 'Be a Nice Guy' with Operation BANG.
As part of this campaign, a variety of Halloween and bonfire activities will be taking place thoughout North Wales to engage with young people.
Every year, countless people risk being injured or burnt in the run up to the bonfire season when lighting bonfires and setting off fireworks.
Remember it is illegal to sell fireworks to anyone under the age of eighteen years old, and many types of fireworks are banned from sale to the public. Throwing fireworks in a public place is also illegal – and can incur a fine of up to £5,000
Our advice to the public is to stay safe and attend organised events - they provide the best entertainment, value for money and also ensure that families no longer need to put themselves at risk from the dangers of back-garden bonfire and firework parties.
For details of organised bonfire and bonfire events in North Wales please click here.
Keep your burning under control
The controlled burning season is now underway and every year we are called to countless false alarms or more serious incidents where fires have gone out of control, sometimes spreading alarmingly over wide areas.
At their worst, these fires can cause irrevocable damage to the environment, threaten livestock and even residents and their homes, as well as the firefighters who are called to deal with them.
That’s why we are appealing to farmers and landowners to take on board some basic safety procedures and notify us when they are conducting their burn.
Even small garden fires can get out if control, so if you are tidying up your garden this autumn, please remember to be responsible and do not leave a fire burning unattended – and let us know if you are burning garden waste.
Controlled burning is allowed only between the 1st of October and the 31st of March in upland areas and the 1st of November and the 15th of March elsewhere.
I would urge all landowners undertaking controlled burning to heed our advice and notify us by calling our control room - this will help avoid false alarms and crews being sent out unnecessarily as well as ensuring we are ready to respond in the event of a burn getting out of control.
Landowners need to take responsibility for their own actions when conducting controlled burning. The fires are often set in areas where access is extremely difficult and water supply is limited - should a fire be allowed to get out of control, this can place tremendous pressure on resources, with firefighters frequently spending considerable lengths of time battling to stem the flames and dampening down afterwards. Other lives are therefore put at risk as firefighters are kept from attending genuine emergencies.
Please follow the guidelines below if you are planning a controlled burn:
- Call 01931 522006 to notify North Wales Fire and Rescue Service
- Ensure you have sufficient people and equipment to control the fire
- Check wind direction and ensure there is no risk to property, roads and wildlife
- If a fire gets out of control contact the fire service immediately giving details of location and access
- It is illegal to leave a fire unattended or to have too few people to control it.
- Always ensure a fire is completely out before you leave it and check next day to ensure it has not reignited
Staff will be visiting winter fairs over the coming months and farmers markets after Christmas, advising landowners on how to conduct a safe burn and reminding them to call our control room to notify us of any burning activity.