Merseyside Fire and Rescue
Service urges safety over Bonfire period
MERSEYSIDE Fire and Rescue Service is working closely with
Merseyside Police and Council partners to keep people safe and reduce
anti social behaviour over the Bonfire period.
Everyone across Merseyside is encouraged to enjoy Bonfire Night safely by
following the advice below:
Bonfires and Fireworks...
► Please do not give anyone, especially young people, combustible materials. In
addition to this, please do not flytip or leave flammable materials lying around
that could be used to build bonfires.
► Bonfires are only allowed on private land with the owner's permission, and
must be supervised by an adult at all times. Keep water handy, and ensure the
fire is completely out before leaving it at the end of the evening.
► If a fire engine is called out to deliberate bonfires, wheelie bin fires and
rubbish fires, this may delay a response to other emergencies.
► You are advised to attend one of the many organized displays held at venues
across Merseyside. You can find details of all displays on your local Council's
► You should only buy fireworks from retailers with a registration from
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.
► Pets can become frightened by fireworks, and should be kept indoors if
► Wheelie bins can become easy targets over the bonfire period.
Please only put your bin out on the day of collection, and bring it back in
► Firework misuse, anti-social behaviour and arson attacks against anyone who
has been specifically targeted due to the colour of their skin, their sexuality,
race or religion can be classed as a hate crime and will not be tolerated.
Dedicated teams are available to catch offenders.
This type of incident carries severe penalties for those who are convicted.
► To report an unsafe bonfire, the storage of bonfire materials that need to be
removed, arrange a Home Fire Safety Check or for arson prevention advice, call
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service on 0800 731 5958. Outside office hours, please
leave a message with your details and a contact number.
► Fire Service Direct are providing a free home fire safety check including free
smoke alarms to anyone phoning in to report bonfire materials, (normally costing
?27.50 for anyone under 65) as a thank-you for helping MFRS keep the streets
safe over the bonfire period.
Watch Manager Steve Pratley, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Arson
Reduction Co-ordinator, said:- "Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service would
like everyone to enjoy the Bonfire night period as safely as possible. Organised
events are the best way to watch and enjoy fireworks as they provide controlled
displays delivered by people familiar with fireworks in places that are
suitable. We would encourage people to take advantage of organised events
rather than arrange their own at home."
For free fire safety advice or to request a home fire safety check, call:- 0800
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service also provides free smoke alarms for Merseyside
residents aged 65 or over.