Firework Precautions

Typically some of the most demanding nights of the year for the police, the fire brigade and other agencies are Halloween and bonfire night, and the days leading up to them. The damage which can be caused to property as a consequence of the anti-social usage of fireworks is a serious concern, posing a danger to all types of buildings, including commercial and industrial premises, and to business continuity.

The risk posed by fireworks, whether as an outcome of anti-social behaviour, or just an accident caused by burning debris, can be considerably reduced by noting the following basic precautions:

  • Ensure that all areas of the premises are made secure at the end of the working day and doors, windows, skylights and other possible means of entry through which fireworks could be introduced are properly closed and locked.
  • Consideration should be given, in all areas where the risk of anti-social behaviour is regarded as high, to protecting letter boxes internally with proprietary metal containers, designed to contain fires from lighted materials such as fireworks. A number of such products are widely available, including those which incorporate an automatic fire extinguisher, offering enhanced protection.
  • Take special care to ensure that all yards and open areas nearby the premises are clear of accumulated rubbish and that waste bins are appropriately located and secured.
  • Combustible materials stored in the open, including timber pallets and plastic crates, should be kept to a minimum and situated a suitable distance away from the buildings.
  • Confine flammable liquids and gases to their designated storage facilities.
  • Cut back and remove vegetation surrounding buildings.

Whilst largely focusing on Halloween and bonfire night, these measures will also relate to other events which attract the use of fireworks such as New Year celebrations and Diwali, and to reducing the risk of malicious fires in general.

What to do next

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