Covid-19 impact on Halloween and Bonfire Night
Why is it important to continue to respect others?
What can I do to help keep our communities and residents safe?
- Reporting anyone who is selling illegal fireworks or selling fireworks to children
- Reporting bonfire collections/storing of wood or other items that you see in your area
If you are worried about bonfires, then report it:
You can also report any bonfires, void properties, fly tipped bonfire materials and any other matters bonfire related directly Operation Banger: OperationBanger2021@merseyfire.gov.uk.
If you see a bonfire being built or a build-up of rubbish or fly-tipped materials on private land and you’re worried about safety report it to Merseyside Fire Service on 0151 296 4003 (9am-5pm, weekdays), email FireServiceDirect@merseyfire.gov.uk or Merseyside Police on 101 – you can also report via their Facebook and Twitter (but please note they are not monitored 24/7).
If I’m being persistently targeted or harassed, who can I speak to?
- Torus (Liverpool Mutual Homes): 0800 678 1894 / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Merseyside Police: 999 for emergencies (101 for non-emergencies or online via www.merseyside.police.uk)
- Crimestoppers: 0800 555 1111
- Liverpool City Council: 0151 233 3000
How can I keep my home safe?
- Keep your wheelie bins somewhere safe and secure
- Keep them away from windows, doors fences
- Only put them out on collection day and move back in as soon as they are emptied
- Help to protect yourself from burglars by ensuring your home is secure whilst you are out trick or treating or visiting a firework display. Leave a TV or light on or use a timer to make it look like someone is at home.
Are there bonfire night events in my area?
Stay safe with Fireworks
- Its’ against the law to carry fireworks in public if you’re under 18
- Fireworks must not be sold to anyone under 18
- It’s an offence to let fireworks off between 11pm-7am – except on Bonfire Night (until midnight), New Year’s Eve, Diwali & Chinese New Year (until 1am)
- It is an offence under the Explosives Act 1875 to tamper with or modify fireworks
- Fireworks are designed to explode, so even if it hasn't gone off, it could still explode and cause injuries.
- Only adults should deal with setting up firework displays
- Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable, and ensure it finishes before 11pm
- Only buy fireworks which carry the CE mark, keep them in a closed box and use them one at a time
- Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary
- Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back
- Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks
- Never return to a firework once it has been lit
- Don't put fireworks in pockets and never throw them
- Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators