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Bonfire night 2020

Alert message sent 09/10/2020 07:31:00

Information sent on behalf of West Yorkshire Police

Despite encouraging people to NOT host their own bonfires, if you, or somebody you know insists on having a bonfire then we’d advise you to please follow all of the below safety measures.

Even the smallest of garden bonfires can easily get out of control, putting yourself and others at risk.
Prepare for the bonfire in advance, and in daylight. On the night you will need a torch, a bucket of water, eye protection and gloves, a bucket of soft earth to put fireworks in and suitable supports and launchers if you’re setting off Catherine wheels or rockets.

Site the bonfire well away from houses, garages, sheds, fences, overhead cables, trees and shrubs AND ALWAYS AWAY FROM FIREWORKS.

Build the stack so that it is stable and will not collapse outwards or to one side.

Check the bonfire for hiding pets or wild animals before lighting it. Small animals like hedgehogs or frogs may have made their home in it.

Don’t use a Bonfire to get rid of household waste if it will cause pollution or harm people’s health. Contact your local council to find out how to have these items removed and about recycling in your area.
NEVER use flammable liquids – paraffin or petrol – to light the fire.

Don’t burn foam-filled furniture, aerosols, tins of paint and bottles.

Keep everyone away from the fire – especially children, who must be supervised all the time.

Keep pets indoors. Ensure doors, windows, and curtains are closed to reduce the sounds of explosions, and have some background noise on to help distract them, e.g. the TV. Don’t try to coax them out of hiding; this may frighten them more.

For an emergency keep buckets of water or the garden hose or a fire extinguisher ready.
Pour water on the embers before leaving.

Call 999 at the earliest opportunity if you think the fire is becoming out of control
Message sent by
Asha Iqbal (Police, NSO, LD Leeds)

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