Stay safe this bonfire night

Posted 29/10/2012 14:10:36

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service is appealing to young people to avoid serious injury or even death from playing with fireworks and lighting bonfires during half-tern holidays.

With a week to go before bonfire night the fire and rescue service is urging the public ofNorth Walesto be vigilant with fireworks and to attend an organised display.

Gareth Griffiths, Senior Fire Safety Manager, said: "Safety at this time of year is the responsibility of us all. We cannot over emphasise that the best way to reduce the number of injuries during bonfire celebrations is by attending organised events. They are the safest type of displays, have the best facilities and offer the best value for money. Bonfire celebrations see an increase in anxiety for senior citizens and pet owners, so attending community events helps reduce this distress.

"If you must use fireworks yourself, please follow the fireworks safety code."

The Firework Safety Code

- Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114.

- Don't drink alcohol if setting off fireworks.

- Keep fireworks in a closed box.

- Follow the instructions on each firework.

- Light at arm's length, using a taper.

- Stand well back.

- Never go near a firework that has been lit. Even if it hasn't gone off, it could still explode.

- Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them.

- Always supervise children around fireworks.

- Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves.

- Never give sparkles to a child under five.

- Keep pets indoors.

 

"If you are planning a bonfire, please notify North Wales Fire and Rescue Service's Control Room by calling 01745 535 805."

 

Community Bonfire and Firework events in your area:

Cerrigyrudion- CerrigydrudionSchool  6th November at 7pm.

Buckley- Buckley Common 5th November 6.15pm

Deeside- Deeside Leisure Centre 5th November 7.30pm

ColwynBay- EiriasPark5th November

Rhyl- Showfield,  Rhuddlan 5th November

Beaumaris- By the Pier in Beaumaris         3rd November 6.30pm

Talysarn- 5th November

Wrexham- Aberoer Institute Minera 3rd November 6.30pm

Denbigh- Denbigh Castle 5th November 7pm

Llanfairfechan -2nd November 7pm

Ruthin- Tennis Club, Llanfwrog, Ruthin 3rd November  4pm

Mold- Mold Alex Football Club 5th November 6.45pm

Aberdyfi- Fire Station and beach area 5th November

Barmouth- 3rd November On the beach/Promenade

Llanfairfechan - 2nd November On the Promenade

Penygroes - 5th November 6.30pm

Flint - 5th November

Wrexham - 5th November Bryn y Gog

Llanfaes - 4th November Llanfaes Community Centre

Amlwch - 5th November Penysarn Youth Club 7pm

Felinheli  - 5th November Beach Road Felinheli

 

If you are aware of people misusing fireworks to either damage property or to cause injury, contact North Wales Police on 101, or in an emergency dial 999.

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