Merseyside Fire Service issues advice ahead of Bonfire Night

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) has issued advice to Wirral residents in the build-up to Bonfire Night. MFRS said, “Our message is simple, have fun but stay safe during the bonfire season.”

In a tweet pinned to the top of their Twitter feed, the advice states, “Community bonfires are NOT allowed this year. … We’re not out to ruin your fun – we want you to be safe & reduce #Covid19”

They warned that bonfires can only be held on private land with the landowner’s permission and that if they are called to a bonfire on public land, it will be extinguished.

This year, as a result of COVID-19, there will be no organised displays in Wirral or anywhere in the UK. MFRS said, “The majority of accidents happen at private parties, so if you must have fireworks at home, please follow [our] safety advice, and make sure you follow the COVID-19 restrictions in place.”

Bonfire Safety Tips
If you have a bonfire, follow these simple guidelines:

  • Bonfires can only be held on private land with the owner’s permission
  • Warn your neighbours beforehand – so they are aware and can make necessary preparations
  • Only burn dry material, do not burn anything which is wet or damp, this causes more smoke
  • Check there are no cables (telephone wires etc.) above the bonfire
  • Build the bonfire well away from buildings, sheds, fences and trees
  • Do not use petrol or paraffin to start the fire it can get out of control quickly
  • Once the bonfire is lit, make sure you:
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby – in case of emergencies
  • Do not leave the bonfire unattended
  • Keep children and pets away from the bonfire
  • Do not throw any fireworks into the fire
  • Do not burn aerosols, tyres, canisters or anything containing foam or paint – this could produce toxic fumes and some containers may explode, causing injury
  • Once the bonfire has died down, pour water on the embers to stop it reigniting and ensure it is completely extinguished

The full statement from Merseyside Fire and Rescue can be found here.

Photo credit Jens Mahnke

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