Leave fireworks to the professionals, say Hertfordshire firefighters
Firefighters in Hertfordshire are urging residents to leave fireworks to the professionals this Bonfire Night and Diwali.
Since 2018, the county council has removed about 1,000 fireworks from traders in the county, and Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) reports a "significant" increase in Bonfire Night-related incidents.
The service has issued a reminder that professionally organised displays are the safest way for you and your family to enjoy fireworks.
Cllr Morris Bright, the council's cabinet member for community safety, said: “Watching fireworks can be great fun, but we’re asking Hertfordshire residents to find a professional display near them rather than buying and setting off their own fireworks. If you’re celebrating Bonfire Night or Diwali, we want you to have fun and stay safe.”
Area commander Steve Holton added: “Fireworks can be extremely dangerous – they can cause injury, damage property and harm wildlife. If you do decide to set off fireworks at home, we urge you to do so with caution. Read the instructions carefully and ensure that there's enough space to keep them away from spectators.”
Follow fire and rescue service and trading standards advice:
- Under no circumstances can fireworks labelled BS7114 be sold; only fireworks that are CE marked are legal
- Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable, and ensure it finishes before 11pm
- Keep fireworks in a closed box
- Follow the instructions on each firework
- Light them at arm's length using a taper
- Stand well back
- Never go back to a lit firework
- Never throw fireworks or put them in your pocket
- Keep pets and younger children indoors during displays
- Light sparklers one at a time and always wear gloves
- Never give sparklers to a child under five.