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Bonfire Night 2020

Show Respect this Bonfire Night – Press Release from County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Services

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Services (CDDFRS) are joining forces with their local partners to help keep people safe this bonfire and fireworks season. With many organised events cancelled, emergency services are preparing for a busier night than usual as people celebrate in their own gardens. We are asking everyone to show RESPECT this Bonfire Night.

CDDFRS have joined up with Durham County Council, Darlington Borough Council and Durham Constabulary to ensure members of public are aware of the dangers of bonfires and fireworks. Whilst most people enjoy fireworks responsibly, in the wrong hands they can cause real misery.

Remember that fireworks are explosives, they can cause serious injury and even death if they are not treated responsibly. Ensure all fireworks meet BS 7114 standards and are only used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and the Firework Code.

Please stay safe and follow the Firework Code: – 

  • Only buy fireworks over the counter from licensed and reputable retailers
  • Only adults should handle and light fireworks, (avoid drinking alcohol until after the fireworks are done)
  • Keep fireworks in a closed metalb ox
  • Follow the instructions on each firework carefully
  • Light them at arm’s length using a suitable taper
  • Always stand well back, (8M as a minimum)
  • Never go back to a lit firework – it could still explode
  • Never put fireworks in your pocket
  • Never throw fireworks

If you are planning to use fireworks at home, then please follow the firework code. If you have children and are planning on using sparklers, ensure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Please keep your four-legged friends indoors and make them comfortable with curtains closed and music on low to reduce the effects of noise outside. 

We would strongly advise against having your own bonfire. Home bonfires often cause nuisance for your neighbours but are also extremely dangerous. They can spread to buildings, fences, outhouses and cause injury to people. 

As the country are currently amidst a global pandemic it is important that people do no take risks, putting additional pressures on our emergency services. If people are to have home displays, they need to ensure they are following the Covid-19 guidance and restrictions in place for their area. 

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