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Fireman Sam Launches ‘Special Safety Month’

With Bonfire Night and Firework Night just around the corner, everyone's favourite fireman is highlighting the importance of fire safety to children around the UK. 

Known for protecting the citizens of the Welsh town of Pontypandy, Fireman Sam teaches valuable lessons on fire safety while reinforcing the importance of staying calm during an emergency.

Real-life fireman for East Sussex Fire & Rescue and advisor to the children’s TV show Paul McIvenny comments, ‘My advice to parents would be to be extra vigilant while trick or treating at Halloween this year particularly with naked or open flames, opt to attend a well-organised fireworks display, or if you hold your own event ensure all your family and friends follows Sam’s Safety Tips”.

Fireman Sam’s Top Tips

Bonfire Dos and Don'ts

  • Site the bonfire well away from houses, garages, sheds, fences, overhead cables, trees and always keep away from fireworks.
  • Build the bonfire stack so that it is stable and never light with flammable liquids.
  • Keep everyone away from the fire, especially children who must be supervised at all times, and pets are best kept indoors.
  • In case of an emergency, keep buckets of water, the garden hose or a fire extinguisher ready.
  • Pour water on the embers before leaving.

Firework Dos and Don'ts

  • Keep fireworks in a closed metal box and take them out one at a time.
  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions on each firework. Read them by torchlight - NEVER a naked flame.
  • Light fireworks at arm's length using a safety firework lighter or fuse wick. NEVER go back to a lit firework.
  • Always wear gloves when handling sparklers and hold at arm’s length. Once finished, put in a bucket of water.
  • Never give sparklers to children under 5.
 

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