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Keep safe this bonfire, firework and Diwali season


Tandridge District Council and the South East Coast Ambulance Service, (SECAmb), are asking people to follow safety advice as bonfire and fireworks night approaches.

Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is the biggest event in the Hindu calendar and is also celebrated by Sikhs, Jains and some Buddhists. As well as lights and decorations, firework displays can be a major feature of the celebrations. Diwali is a five day festival and 14 November is the main day.

The traditional organised events to mark both occasions have been cancelled this year, due to the ongoing restrictions on socialising in groups over six.

We are urging everyone to be considerate and keep people safe if they are having family and household events in their back gardens.

SECAmb is called to incidents involving injuries caused by fireworks or bonfires every year. Most of these are avoidable. By closely following safety advice people can stay safe, avoid injury and also avoid the need to seek medical assistance or call 999

Fireworks and bonfire safety advice

  • Never use petrol or other chemicals on a bonfire.
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box away from children and use them one at a time.
  • Read any instructions carefully using a torch if necessary.
  • Never smoke around fireworks.
  • Light fireworks at arm’s length with a taper and stand at a safe distance.
  • Never return to a firework once it has been lit.
  • Don’t put fireworks in pockets and never throw them.
  • Follow safety instructions if using sparklers.
  • Drinking alcohol and lighting fireworks do not mix.
  • Consider whether younger children would prefer to watch fireworks from inside.

More information on firework safety can be found at The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents Safer Fireworks and on our website.

Cool, Call and Cover burns

Giving the right first aid quickly following a burn or a scald can significantly improve a person’s recovery time and limit the severity of any scarring. You can make a real difference to someone’s recovery from a burn by remembering to Cool, Call and Cover.

  • Cool the burn with running cold tap water for 20 minutes and remove all clothing and jewellery (unless it is melted or firmly struck to the wound).
  • Call for help. You can call the NHS 111 service for initial advice on treating burns or call your local GP. In an emergency, call 999.
  • Cover the burn with cling film or a sterile, non-fluffy dressing or cloth. Make sure the patient is kept warm.

An online video about how to treat burns, produced by Queen Victoria Hospital, can be viewed on Youtube

If you are having any kind of event, remember to follow the latest Covid-19 guidelines.


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