Bonfire Night safety reminder from the Scottish Government
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Scottish Government Viewpoint
With Bonfire Night approaching and many events cancelled, if you are planning a private fireworks display at home this year, it’s important that you know how to keep you and your family safe.
Make sure you know the risks, while having fun and enjoying yourself:
1. Check the latest Scottish Government guidance on meeting up with other households outdoors on gov.scot/friendsandfamily ;
2. Ensure you know what fireworks are suitable for private use, dependent on the size of your garden – visit firescotland.gov.uk ;
3. Always follow the fireworks code and read fireworks instructions before use.
While fireworks are spectacular, they can raise background noise levels by up to 120 decibels, affecting the wellbeing of those with noise sensitivity. The loud bangs, lights and strong smells of fireworks can be challenging for autistic people and pet owners know only too well the distress it can cause to animals.
More often than not, it’s children rather than adults who are injured by fireworks. During the bonfire season last year, 85 per cent of all firework injuries treated at emergency departments happened at informal private displays. Over half of those requiring treatment were children.
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s head of prevention and protection Deputy Assistant Chief Officer Alasdair Perry said: “First and foremost we would urge all of our communities to follow the advice and guidelines around social distancing to help stop the spread of Covid-19.
“We know this means that people may consider hosting their own events this year but we would urge caution around doing so because every year people are injured by fireworks and admitted to hospital – and children are particularly at risk.
“We are therefore strongly encouraging anyone who does wish to host a private event to reduce the risk by ensuring to familiarise themselves with our firework code and fire safety guidance. Do not take risks because the consequences can be devastating.”
Enjoy fireworks safely. Visit firescotland.gov.uk
To report the misuse of fireworks anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.