30 October 2020
Jersey Fire and Rescue Service is issuing advice ahead of this year’s Bonfire Night and fireworks season, so that Islanders choosing to mark the occasion do so as safely as possible.
With all of the island’s organised events cancelled due to Covid, the service is anticipating that more private events may take place, and wish to offer advice on how this is best managed for both fireworks and bonfires.
- Keep a bucket of water, or a garden hose, nearby in case of emergencies
- Check the bonfire for any wildlife that may have nested, before lighting
- Don’t leave the bonfire unattended
- Keep children and pets away from the bonfire
- Don’t throw fireworks into the fire
- Always buy fireworks from a reputable shop; shops have to apply to the Fire Service for a licence to sell fireworks
- Only buy fireworks marked BS7114 – this is the British Standard that all fireworks should meet
- Follow the instructions on individual fireworks – read them in daylight or by torchlight, never by a naked flame
- Make suitable supports and launchers if you’re setting off catherine wheels or rockets
Remember that fireworks are explosives, and as such should be treated with respect and only used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and the Firework Code.
Watch Commander Mark Bailey-Walker commented: "We are asking Islanders to be mindful of the current global pandemic, and not to take unnecessary risks, which in turn puts additional pressure on all of the emergency services.
"It’s also important to remember that fireworks can frighten people and animals. After all, they are explosives; be considerate of your neighbours and let them know if you’re planning on having a bonfire or fireworks so that they can be prepared themselves.
"If you are planning on having a bonfire or fireworks event, please do make sure you have a look at our advice so that you can stay as safe as possible while enjoying yourselves."
A JSPCA spokesperson added: "This time of year can be frustrating for owners of pets that find fireworks frightening. Our top tips are to create a safe space for your pet to retreat to if they are feeling anxious, to keep your pet indoors as much as possible and take them for exercise during the day instead of the darker hours, and to be around to comfort them where possible."
In order to purchase fireworks, you must be over 18 and it is illegal to set off or throw fireworks (including sparklers) in the street or other public places.