Firefighters urge bonfire revellers to take extra care

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A seasonal safety appeal has been issued by West Yorkshire firefighters as Guy Fawkes Night approaches.

With no Hebden Bridge Round Table-organised bonfire this year, many families are likely to have firework parties at home or with friends.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to treat fireworks with respect and not to put anyone’s safety at risk.

Senior fire safety officer Ian Bitcon said: “Unfortunately every year our crews deal with the reality of some individuals not taking bonfire night and fireworks seriously.”

Their advice is as follows:

lKeep bonfires small and manageable and build them away from houses, garages, sheds, fences, overhead cables, trees and bushes;

lNever use flammable liquids, such as paraffin or petrol, to light your bonfire;

lKeep everyone away from the fire, especially children, and keep pets indoors;

lAvoid drinking alcohol while in charge of a bonfire or fireworks, particularly when supervising children;

lIn case of emergency, keep buckets of water, a garden hose or a fire extinguisher ready;

lMake sure your fireworks conform to British Standards BS 7114, EN 14035 or EN 15947;

lKeep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time;

lLight the firework at arm’s length using a taper or fuse wick and stand well back - never return to a firework once it has been lit;

lNever give sparklers to a child.

For additional advice visit www.westyorksfire.gov.uk

Hebden Bridge bonfire may have been cancelled but families looking to have some fun at Guy Fawkes’s expense should make their way to Booth Cricket Club, Broad Fold Hall, Luddenden, on Saturday, November 9.

Booth CC bonfire is free. The fire will be lit at 7pm and there will be fireworks from 8pm.