Welcome from the Chief
Trick or Treat?
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
Attend an organised display
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 bonfires and bonfire events in North Wales will be posted here when available.
Keep your burning under control
The controlled burning season is now underway and every year we are called to countless false alarms or often 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.
Farmers and landowners
We are appealing to farmers and landowners to take on board some basic safety procedures and notify us when they are conducting their controlled burn.
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. It is illegal to burn outside these periods. Information is available at www.beta.gov.wales/land-management
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 – let us know beforehand if you are burning garden waste.
Many local councils are now collecting waste less frequently and have advice on their websites on how to boost recycling and dispose of garden waste. Please don’t be tempted to burn any household waste.
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 the wind direction and ensure there is no risk to property, roads and wildlife
• If a fire gets out of control contact the fire and rescue 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.