Stay home and stay safe this Fireworks Night

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent is backing calls from the fire service for residents to stay safe and follow Covid guidelines this Fireworks Night.

Current restrictions do not allow for public fireworks displays and residents mustn’t gather with others outside their household.

As a result, the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service is preparing for a busier night than usual as more people celebrate in their own gardens.

The service is urging residents to be safe and responsible when handling fireworks, and to avoid setting garden bonfires.

Police and Crime Commissioner Jeff Cuthbert said: “If you are choosing to celebrate Fireworks Night at home this year then please take care and have respect for your neighbours.

“Fires can spread and become out of control in a matter of seconds, and every year the police, fire and ambulance service attend incidents of people getting injured from mishandling fireworks. Now, more than ever, we need to do what we can to avoid wasting the resources of our emergency services.

“Fireworks can also cause severe distress to pets such as cats and dogs. 

“Gwent Police will be supporting the fire service to ensure that the night goes safely and will enforce if they have to.

“There is no reason for people not to enjoy the night safely so please stay home and stay safe this Fireworks Night.”