As the FBU have recently announced two further strikes, starting just before Bonfire Night and Diwali, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to take extra care during their celebrations.
The strike over government changes to pensions is planned from 6.30pm until 11pm on the Friday before Bonfire Night (Friday 1st November), just before Diwali and the strike also coincides with half term. It is likely to be one of the busiest days of the year for the fire and rescue service.
The Fire Brigades Union is also taking strike action on Monday, 4 November between 6am and 8am.
Rod Hammerton, Assistant Chief Fire Officer of South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said;
“The evening strike date falls on the Friday before Bonfire Night. It is just before Diwali and coincides with half term, so people need to be really careful with candles, fireworks and bonfires.
“We would like to wish everyone a Happy Diwali but encourage people to follow a few simple steps”:
Don’t leave any cooking unattended
Check that cookers are turned off
Keep clothing, dish towels, etc away from sources of heat, including fires and cookers
Make sure an adult is in any room that has children and candles/divas in it
Make sure candles they are placed on an even heat resistant surface and never leave them unattended.
Ensure all candles and divas are extinguished before going to bed
Check your smoke alarm
As always, we are also urging the public to celebrate this year's Bonfire Night in the safest way possible - if you want to see fireworks, it is much safer to go to an official organised display than setting off your own and lighting bonfires”.
“However, we are also reminding those people who continue to buy fireworks for amateur displays, to always rigorously follow the Fireworks Code and abide by the Fireworks Regulations”.
If you still go ahead with amateur Bonfire Night celebrations remember:
Light fireworks at arm’s length using a taper and stand well back.
Never go back to fireworks once they are lit. Even if a firework hasn't gone off, it could still explode.
Build your bonfire well clear of buildings, garden sheds, fences and hedges.
Never use flammable liquids to start a bonfire.
Don’t leave bonfires unattended. An adult should supervise it until it has burnt out. If it has to be left, damp it down with plenty of water.
“The best advice from us would be to attend an official and properly organised public display as they are a lot safer. Please enjoy your celebrations but make sure you do so safely”.