Bonfire night and fireworks fire safety
1 November, 2013
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.