Look after yourselves and others this bonfire season

We’re joining East Sussex Fire Rescue Service (ESFRS) in encouraging people to ‘stay local’ this bonfire season, and supporting locally organised events rather than setting off fireworks or having bonfires in your own gardens.

Together, we are asking people to respect fireworks, respect the emergency services and respect your neighbours and animals. 

Respect your neighbours and animals

Many of us look forward to the thrill and excitement of bonfire night. However, some in our community do not. 

Fireworks can frighten people and animals. For our veterans and anyone who’s experienced the trauma of conflict, the spontaneous and random explosions of fireworks close to homes can trigger stress and anxiety.  

The burning of effigies, even in jest, can also cause offence and harm to others who have experienced hate due to their identity. 

We respect the diversity of all our residents, and everyone has the right to feel safe and free from harm in their home and neighbourhood. 

Keep yourself safe

We’re also asking people to respect our emergency services by not takings risks and putting additional, unnecessary demands on them. 

Covid is still very much with us and all emergency services remain under pressure.

Please follow the firework code to prevent injuries.

If you do suffer a burn, ensure you:

  • Cool the burn under cold running water for at least ten minutes.
  • After the burn has been cooled, cover it with cling film or a clean plastic bag.
  • Contact NHS 111 for advice or info on where to get to medical help if you need to be seen. Always seek medical advice for a baby or child that has been burned.
  • Call 999 in an emergency. 

Have fun, be safe and show respect this bonfire season.

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