Be safe not sorry this fireworks night

2nd November 2021

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Jeff Cuthbert, is backing the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service’s call for residents to stay safe this fireworks night.

With many organised events cancelled this year, the fire service is expecting a much busier evening as residents celebrate in their own gardens.

Last year the service had to respond to 531 deliberately started fires in the run up to November 11 alone.

Information on how to celebrate fireworks night safely is available on the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service website.

Jeff Cuthbert said: “The emergency services are already extremely stretched and, unfortunately, a combination of deliberate antisocial behaviour, and incidents at private bonfire events, can create a significant drain on resources.

“Firework and bonfire misuse can prevent the emergency services from getting to potentially lifesaving calls. It could be you, your friends or family member in need.

“Please celebrate fireworks night safely this year and, where it is possible, opt for a properly organised event.”