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Bonfire Night 2019 

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) are urging people to have a ‘Bangin’ Bonfire Night’ by going to an organised bonfire and firework display this year.

Last year we received almost 400 emergency calls on the evening of Bonfire Night alone. 68 of the incidents that we attended were bonfires that had got out of control & were posing a danger.

We want everyone to enjoy the bonfire season responsibly and encourage families to attend an organised event, rather than host their own, as they are often safer.

A great deal of work goes into preparing neighbourhoods for the bonfire period, in order to clear any potential fuel for arsonists. Fires in the open not only pose a serious risk to the public, but they also take our crews away from other potentially life-threatening incidents.

Why not attend our very own Bonfire and Fireworks Extravaganza at the Fire Service Headquarters in Birkenshaw on Saturday 2nd November. Our event includes a mini fireworks display with low noise for children as well as a main fireworks display later in the evening. Plus, for the first time, this years event will be autism friendly, with low noise and lights between 7pm – 7:30pm.

We’ll be sharing safety messages throughout the bonfire season using the hashtag #BanginBonfire.

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Safety Messages

However you spend your Bonfire Night, please follow our safety advice: 

  • Just one mistake this Bonfire Night could leave you scarred for life.
  • Keep bonfires small and manageable and build them away from houses, garages, sheds, fences, overhead cables, trees and bushes
  • Keep everyone away from the fire – especially children – and keep pets indoors
  • Never use flammable liquids – paraffin or petrol – to light the fire
  • Avoid drinking alcohol whilst in charge of a bonfire or fireworks
  • In case of an emergency, keep buckets of water, the garden hose or a fire extinguisher ready
  • Only children over the age of five are allowed to use sparklers and should be supervised by an adult at all times
  • Prank 999 calls are a criminal offence

 

Organised Events 

We always recommend attending an organised event, as these are usually much safer. Below is a list of organised events around West Yorkshire.

Saturday 2nd November

West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Bonfire & Fireworks Extravaganza
WYFRS HQ in Birkenshaw – Here

Elland Round Table Bonfire 
Hullenedge Recreation Ground, Elland – Here

Thornes Park Firework Display 

Notton Bonfire 

Altofts AFC 

Castleford Tigers RLFC 
The Jungle Stadium, Wheldon Road

Wakefield Scout Group 

 

Sunday 3rd November 2019

Ossett United Community Bonfire 
Ossett Utd Football Club, Propsect Road

Outwood Working Men’s Club 

The crown Alverhorpe 

Frickley Athletic FC
Westfield Lane South Elmsall

 

Tuesday 5th November 

Greenhead ParkHere
Greenhead Park, Huddersfield

Storthes Hall Park
Storthes Hall – Here

Roundhay Park 
Roundhay Park, Leeds – Here

Bonfire Night at East End Park 
East End Park, Leeds – Here

Springhead Park
Sprinhead Park, Rothwell – Here

Bramley Park 
Bramley Park, Leeds – Here

Middleton Park Bonfire & Firework Display
Middleton Park, Leeds – Here

Woodhouse Moor 
Woodhouse Moor, Leeds – Here

Hemsworth Bonfire 

South Kirby miners Welfare 

The Cobbler Public House 

The Earl of Pontefract Public 

Upton Rugby Club 

Kings Croft Hotel 

The Rustic Arms Public House 

South Elmsall Fireworks Festival 

Ossett Cricket Club

SESKU Community Firework Evening 

Fireworks Safety 

  • Fireworks can be extremely dangerous if not used correctly
  • Always buy fireworks from a retailer licensed by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and read the safety information detailed with the appropriate CE marking.
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time
  • Always light the firework at arm’s length using a taper or fuse wick and stand well back – never return to a firework once it has been lit
  • Click here for information on the law and when you can set off fireworks
  • Always follow the Fireworks Code
  • You can not purchase fireworks under the age of 18 & you can be fined or imprisoned for buying or using fireworks illegally. (The law says you must not set off or throw fireworks, including sparklers, in the street or other public places.)
  • Adult fireworks are category 2 and 3 fireworks – they don’t include things like party poppers.

Selling Fireworks

  • You can only sell fireworks that conform to EU safety standards and which carry the CE mark and meet certain noise conditions. They must have the CE mark printed on each item or on the retail packaging
  • Category 4 fireworks can only be used by professionals.
  • You cannot sell fireworks to anyone under the age of 18
  • Fire Service inspectors work with Trading Standards to do spot checks on retailers in the lead up to the bonfire period
  • If you suspect someone may be selling illegal fireworks you can report them to Trading Standards