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Bonfire & Halloween 2021 – Keeping Communities Safe

Bonfire & Halloween 2021 – Keeping Communities Safe


Bonfire night and Halloween can be fun family events for some, but they are dreaded by others.
 
Torus is part of Operation Banger, a joint initiative involving Cobalt Housing, Torus Housing, Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire Rescue Service and Liverpool City Council looking to combat anti-social behaviour during this period. 
 

Covid-19 impact on Halloween and Bonfire Night

Halloween and Bonfire Night were not the same last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Events and parties were cancelled in order to stop the spread of the virus.
 
This year, no such rules are in place and, as things stand, people will be able to celebrate Halloween and Bonfire Night, with parties and nights out, while trick or treating can resume with no caveats.
 
But with a lot of events being cancelled we all need to be mindful that Covid-19 is still with us and spreading through communities and we must be mindful of other people and keeping each other safe. 
 

Why is it important to continue to respect others?

We need to continue to look out for each other and respecting what we are all comfortable with. 
 
Your neighbour may still be anxious, or have an underlying health condition, so Trick or Treating could put them at greater risk of catching Covid-19. 
 
Gathering in large groups in our homes, could still increase the spread of the virus, plus the impact of the noise on your neighbours and pets.
 
Please remember to respect each other and be tolerant.
 

What can I do to help keep our communities and residents safe?

Everyone has a right to live in peace, free from disturbance and nuisance. For a safe community we rely on you to report incidents of ASB and Criminality should you witness this or become a victim.  You can help us by:
  • 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:

Lighting a bonfire in a public place is illegal. A public space is anywhere other than your own back garden - fire spreads quickly and could be toxic.
 
If you see an illegal bonfire being built in a public space, such as a park, playground, street or on grassland, report it for removal before it's lit, on 0151 233 3000  (Liverpool City Council) or online.

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 it is happening on Torus land, you can report directly to us, by calling 0800 678 1894, emailing info@torus.co.uk or speaking to your Neighbourhood Officer.
 

If I’m being persistently targeted or harassed, who can I speak to?

  • Torus (Liverpool Mutual Homes): 0800 678 1894 / info@torus.co.uk
  • 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?

Bins are often set on fire this time of year, putting homes and people in danger as well as wasting the resources of our, already stretched, emergency services.  Make sure you:
  • 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?

Liverpool City Council has confirmed there will be no fireworks at the River of Light this year. With the city's Bonfire Night displays previously attracting large crowds, the council has made the decision to exclude fireworks from its plans, you can find out more here.
 
Make sure you only attend an organised display. They have safety measures in place – such as stewards & marshalling of the event – so you have less chance of getting injured. The fireworks & display are more than likely better than any you would get at home anyway!
 
Liverpool Echo have rounded up a list Bonfire Night celebrations taking place in the region.
 

Getting rid of waste

If you have a car, you can take rubbish to a tip for free. For a list of Warrington's tips, visit the council website.

Facebook groups like 'Before The Tip' are full of people ready to give your unwanted items a good home.

Liverpool City Council offer free bulky waste collection for Liverpool residents. If you need an item removing visit the council website

 

Stay safe with Fireworks

Fireworks! It’s important to remember:
  • 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
 
Find out more about firework safety here.
 

Have fun, stay safe and be considerate.


Posted in News on Oct 12, 2021