Warrington Borough Council is urging residents to celebrate Bonfire Night in a different way on 5 November.
This year, public firework displays will not be going ahead across the UK due to coronavirus restrictions, in order to avoid further spread of the virus. As a result, some residents may be planning to purchase their own fireworks to use at home.
Station Manager and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service Deliberate Fire Reduction lead, Andy Gray, said: “Our number one priority is public safety and with organised displays cancelled this year, we are concerned that people will turn to lighting fires and setting fireworks off themselves.
“Our message is clear – please do not be tempted to do so. Any fire can so easily get out of hand and spread to fences, sheds, and properties and could cause fatal or life-changing injuries, at the same time putting extra strain on emergency services and the NHS.
“Fireworks can also be dangerous if not used correctly and safely, and can cause great distress to many people and their animals, so we’d encourage people to consider safer options to celebrate the bonfire period this year.”
The council is also urging residents to consider the possible repercussions of at-home firework displays or bonfires.
Cllr Judith Guthrie, cabinet member for environment and public protection said: “Coronavirus restrictions have disrupted many seasonal events that we come to look forward to at this time of year. However, we must put the health and safety of ourselves, our families, and others first.
“Public firework displays have been cancelled in the interest of public safety, and although fireworks can be bought for private use, we are asking that residents follow the advice of Cheshire Fire and Rescue and do not have bonfires or firework displays at home.
“We are asking this to avoid putting any further or unnecessary strain on our emergency services and NHS, particularly at this challenging time.”
Households may wish to take part in alternative activities on Bonfire Night – there are many free and simple ideas and resources online that you can do with the family, such as baking bonfire-themed treats, crafting toilet roll fireworks, or taking part in a treasure hunt.
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement that there will be new national restrictions in place from Thursday 5 November, it is vital that residents celebrate Bonfire Night while adhering to these restrictions.
- You must only socialise indoors with people in your household or support bubble
- You can exercise or visit outdoor public places with members of your household or support bubble, or one person from another household
- Avoid travelling outside Warrington wherever possible – only essential journeys should be made
- Overnight stays and holidays away from your primary residence are not permitted, including holidays in the UK and abroad
Until then, Warrington remains a ‘very high risk’ local COVID alert level area (tier 3) and you must continue to adhere to our local restrictions. Visit warrington.gov.uk/coronavirus for more information.
For more information on seasonal events during the coronavirus pandemic, visit warrington.gov.uk/seasonal-events-and-activities