Stay safe this bonfire season

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents to take great care this bonfire season and attend organised displays rather than lighting fireworks or bonfires at home.


Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service Prevention Manager, Rabinder Dhami said: “Fireworks can be great fun for families, not just around Bonfire Night/Guy Fawkes Night, but also Diwali, New Year’s Eve and Chinese New Year and it is important that people know how to celebrate safely.

“You’re likely to get more dazzle and bang at an organised event and you won’t have to plan and host it yourself including taking responsibility for the safety aspects. These events are sometimes free of charge while others raise money for local charities.”

Despite annual safety warnings, firework celebrations still end in painful injuries for too many people, including very young children.

For those who wish to celebrate at home there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy a great evening. But remember that both you and your guests will need to take great care.

Mr Dhami added: “There are some really good safety tips like using dry materials that don’t produce a lot of smoke and never burning treated wood, rubber, plastic and always keeping a bucket of water or a working hosepipe nearby in case of fire.

“The Fireworks code has guidance on the way to make sure your event is remembered for the right reasons such as storing fireworks safely and ensuring your fireworks are bought from reputable dealers with product safety marking BS7114 or equivalent and carry a CE mark.

“I’d encourage everyone to refresh themselves with the guides before organising an event and getting in touch for advice.”

Click here for more guidance around fireworks and bonfires.

Groups or individuals planning a bonfire should visit Shropshire Council or Telford and Wrekin Coucil  for further help and advice on event planning. 


17th October, 2019