Staying Safe

Hints and tips from Suffolk fire and police services

Fire Safety

  • Build your bonfire well clear of any buildings, garden sheds, fences and hedges. Also build it away from traffic – under the Highways Act 1980, allowing smoke to drift across a road from a bonfire can endanger traffic and could lead to a fine.
  • Before you light your bonfire, check that no children or animals are hiding inside
  • Never use flammable liquids to start the fire, and never burn dangerous rubbish such as aerosols, paint, foam furniture, rubber tyres or batteries.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a hosepipe handy, just in case.
  • Don't leave your bonfire unattended, it should be supervised by an adult at all times.
  • Fireworks should not be sold to anyone under 18. Bangers are now illegal and throwing fireworks is an offence.
  • Only buy fireworks marked with BS7114, buy them as near to the event as possible and keep them in a closed box.
  • Follow the instructions on each firework, lighting them at arm's length using a taper and then standing well back.
  • Don't drink alcohol before setting off fireworks.
  • Never go back to a lit firework. If a firework has failed to go off, it should be doused in water.
  • Sparklers account for the largest number of injuries every year and should be handled with care.
  • It is illegal to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, except on Bonfire Night when it is extended to midnight, on Diwali until 1am, on New Year's Eve until 1am and on Chinese New Year until 1am.

Trick or Treating Safety

  • Young trick-or-treaters should always be accompanied by an adult.
  • When trick-or-treating, you should only go to houses of people that you know and who are happy for you to call.
  • Stay safe, keep to places that you know and are well lit. Do not take short cuts through gardens, alleyways or parks and watch out for traffic.
  • Carry a torch and a fully charged mobile phone if you have one.
  • Posters are available for shop owners, parents and residents.
  • Shop posters state that flour and eggs will not be sold to under 16s who are not accompanied by an adult in the run up to Halloween.
  • Posters are available for vulnerable residents to place on their front door or in their window, asking trick-or-treaters not to call at their house.

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