Bonfire night 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
Regrettably, the Department for Health and Social Care are discouraging people from taking part in ‘Trick-or-Treating’ this year, and professional firework displays have been cancelled to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.
- You must not socialise with anybody outside of your household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
- You must not meet in groups larger than six outside
- If you have been asked to self-isolate you must not leave your home for any reason
Stick to the basics to protect each other:
- Wash your hands regularly
- Wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
- Stay at least 2 metres apart
Why is it important to respect others?
Now more than ever we need to be looking out for each other and respecting what we are all comfortable with. Your neighbour might be shielding or have an underlying health condition, so Trick or Treating could put them at greater risk of catching Covid-19. Inviting other households to a bonfire and fireworks display in your garden, as well as putting your loved ones at risk, may make your neighbour extremely anxious. 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 I’m being persistently targeted or harassed, who can I speak to?
- Torus (Liverpool Mutual Homes): 0800 678 1894 / email@example.com
- 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.
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.
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 on 0800 731 5958 (9am-5pm, weekdays) or Merseyside Police on 101 – you can also report via their Facebook and Twitter (but please note they are not monitored 24/7).
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.
To learn more about how Torus is helping to keep communities safe this Halloween, visit our website.
Have fun, stay safe and be considerate.