It’s the season of candles, sparkly fireworks and bonfires which are great entertainment for everyone as the evenings draw in.  With a little bit of preparation and following a few simple safety procedures; everyone can have a fun and safe time!  Here’s a few tips we have put together;

  • Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable. As pretty as fireworks are-don’t forget you are handling explosives!
  • Choose a clear, safe site. Setting off fireworks in enclosed gardens and off balconies can be extremely dangerous. Have a bucket of sand/earth to douse fireworks.
  • If you are having a bonfire locate it well away from fences, sheds, bushes, trees and roads (due to smoke.) Always have a bucket of water or hose on hand.
  • Take the hassle out of bonfire night and consider attending an organised event.
  • Do not set off fireworks after midnight on bonfire night. It is illegal to do so. On New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, the cut off is 1am.
  • Live candles in pumpkins can be a potential fire risk! You can get that same ghoulish effect with an LED tea light candle, it will last longer too.
  • When buying Halloween costumes for yourself or your little one, make sure they carry the relevant CE marks and stay away from naked flames.
  • At the rare risk of some last minute autumn sun and that one last attempt for some alfresco dining, please remember that the use of BBQ’s or patio heaters are not permitted on balconies or walkways.

We want all our customers to have an enjoyable time but remember that a simple sparkler reaches a temperature 20 x the boiling point of water!  Naked flames and fireworks are dangerous, so have fun but always apply common sense.  For more safety advice Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue have some practical tips on their website

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