Celebrate safely this bonfire night
London Fire Brigade’s Borough Commander for Islington Patrick Goulbourne explains how to enjoy a safe Bonfire Night and Diwali.
Autumn is traditionally a time for bonfires and fireworks, but it’s also one of the busiest periods for the Fire Brigade.
We want everyone in the borough to enjoy the celebrations safely and the best way to do that is to use common sense. It’s important to remember that many of the Bonfire Night fires we see in our borough could easily be prevented.
To avoid fires and accidents our advice is to always attend organised displays as they’re much safer. But if you are planning on holding your own, follow these safety tips:
1. Never leave bonfires unattended and make sure they’re fully out before leaving them. An adult should supervise it until it has burnt out. If it has to be left, damp it down with plenty of water.
2. Build and light bonfires well away from buildings, sheds, fences, bushes and trees.
3. Light fireworks at arm’s length using a taper and stand well back.
4. Never go back to fireworks once they are lit. Even if a firework hasn’t gone off, it could still explode.
5. Never use flammable liquids to start a bonfire.