26 Sep, 2016

Operation Treacle


As Autumn approaches, we start getting excited about Halloween and Bonfire Night. Although an enjoyable time, these occasions pose dangers but, if we are aware and take the right precautions, we can have a safe and enjoyable time.

Greater Manchester Police have provided the information below with safety tips and information as part of their "Operation Treacle". For further information, please visit http://www.safe4autumn.com.

Halloween Safety Advice -- Fireworks Safety Advice -- Bonfire Safety Advice


Halloween Safety Advice

Halloween can be a lot of fun for children and young people, but it can also be distressing and intimidating for some residents. If you are going 'trick or treating' please respect and consider others and follow these top tips to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time:

DON'T

  • Go alone - 'trick or treating' is more fun and safer if you go in a small group with friends and family.
  • Go into houses - stay on the doorstep where the responsible adult can see you.
  • Play pranks that may damage property - this could result in arrest and a criminal record.
  • Demand money or intimidate people - Halloween can be a night that some residents dread, so be respectful and polite.
  • Don't throw eggs or flour - it's classed as a criminal offence and you will be arrested!

DO

  • Look out for Treacle posters - These will let you know whether 'trick or treaters' are welcome at a house or aren't.
  • Take extra care crossing roads - more accidents happen to children in the dark.
  • Go with an adult - get a responsible adult to go with your group to help in case you have any problems.
  • Dress to be seen - wear light, reflective clothes or carry a lamp or torch so that drivers and your responsible adult can see you.
  • Respect people's rights - be polite, don't go out too late, ring or knock only once, and be prepared to take 'no' for an answer.

Halloween is quickly followed by Bonfire Night. Please make sure you enjoy yourself, but remain safe and attend organised firework displays


Fireworks Safety Advice

If you're planning on hosting a fireworks party "be safe, not sorry" and keep it free from accidents by following the Fireworks Code.

The Fireworks Code

  • Fireworks should not be sold to any person under the age of 18.
  • Ideally attend an organised display.
  • Buy fireworks marked BS 7114 or CE.
  • Keep fireworks in a closed metal box.
  • Follow the instructions on each firework.
  • Light them at arm's length using a taper.
  • Stand well back.
  • Never go back to a lit firework.
  • Never put fireworks in your pocket.
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby if you are setting off fireworks in your garden.
  • Never throw fireworks.
  • Keep pets indoors.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix and may lead to injury.

Other Safety Tips

  • Buy fireworks from a reputable retailer.
  • Always supervise children around fireworks.
  • Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves.
  • Never give sparklers to a child under the age of 5.
  • Prepare for the party in advance, and in daylight. On the night you will need a torch, a bucket of water, eye protection and gloves, a bucket of soft earth to put fireworks in and suitable supports and launchers if you're setting off Catherine wheels or rockets.
  • Leave the lighting of fireworks to responsible adults only.

Don't Break the Law!

  • It's illegal to let fireworks off between 23:00 and 07:00, except on Bonfire Night (midnight), Diwali, New Year, and Chinese New Year (01:00).
  • It's illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to possess fireworks in a public place
  • THINK TWICE IF ANYONE OFFERS YOU BANGERS!  They have been banned in the UK for over 10 years, so any foreign or English looking ones your offered have not been tested for safety and may well be fake! We cant say what they will do when let off so do yourself a favour and don’t take the risk.
  • Its also illegal to sell any foreign labelled fireworks, because you cant read the warnings, so cant check your using them safely!
  • Please report anyone selling illegal fireworks to Wigan Trading Standards on 01942 827476

Bonfire Safety Advice

Have a Safe Bonfire Night! Please consider attending an organised event rather than risking your safety by having your own bonfire.

But if you still want your own bonfire...

Please ensure that you know about the guidelines:-

Bonfires should be 18 metres from buildings, trees, fences, overhead cables and car parking areas. Only clean, dry timber should be burned.

Do not burn:

  • Aerosols
  • Batteries
  • Bottles
  • Foam-filled furniture
  • Tins of paint
  • Tyres

Bonfires should be no more than 3 metres in height. There should be a suitable barrier around the bonfire to keep spectators 5 metres away.

Do not using the following to light the bonfire:

  • Petrol
  • Paraffin
  • Diesel
  • White spirit or Methylated Spirit

Use Firelighters instead!

  • Always check that no children or animals are hiding in the bonfire before lighting.
  • Keep some buckets of water nearby in case of emergency and to damp down after the event.
  • Bonfires built on council land without permission will be removed.

FIREWORK SAFETY CODE

  • Ideally attend an organised display.
  • Fireworks must not be sold to any person under the age of 18.
  • Buy fireworks marked BS 7114 or CE.
  • Keep fireworks in a closed metal box.
  • Follow the instructions on each firework.
  • Light them at arms length using a taper.
  • Stand well back.
  • Never go back to a lit firework.
  • Never put fireworks in your pocket.
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby if you are setting off fireworks in your garden.
  • Never throw fireworks.
  • Keep pets indoors.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix and may lead to injury.

To report unofficial bonfires on public land please contact your Local Authority