Bonfire night and fireworks fire safety

1 November, 2013
Pat Perry

Perry Scott Nash Associates' Senior Fire Safety Consultant advises that if you discover a fire, no matter what size or stage the fire is at, you should call the Fire Brigade immediately. They will attend if there is risk to life and/or property.

If your fire alarm goes off carry out a thorough investigation prior to calling them.

PSN also advise to ensure that you carry out a risk assessment prior to any firework displays or bonfires.

If you are planning a fireworks display, follow these simple safety tips:

  • Review fire risk assessments.
  • Check that fire detection systems are fully functional.
  • Ensure that staff are fully trained on the evacuation procedures.
  • Ensure that combustibles are removed from outside/garden/field areas and/or that bins and refuse areas are kept locked to prevent access to them.
  • Gardens/fields that are to be used should be cleared of fallen leaves and other combustible materials.
  • Fallen fireworks should be cleared from outside areas.
  • Be extra vigilant.
  • Have extra fire-fighting equipment in place if assessed as needed.
  • Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable.
  • Ensure all fireworks conform to BS7114 1988.
  • Keep fireworks in a closed metal box and use them one at a time.
  • Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary- never a naked flame.
  • Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back.
  • Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks.
  • Never return to a firework once it has been lit.
  • Don't put fireworks in pockets and never throw them.
  • Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators.
  • Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire.
  • Keep a bucket of water handy.
  • Carefully collect used fireworks after the display. Douse with water, bury or place in a metal container.
  • Keep spectators, especially children, adequately separated from the display area.
  • Make sure that the bonfire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving.
  • If contractors are brought in to manage the event, ensure you obtain a copy of their public liability insurance.

Remember by being proactive you can prevent and/or reduce the risk of having a fire incident.

If you are planning an event and require further information or guidance please Contact Us or call 01438 745771.

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