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Pylonman's advice


Our very own superhero has stepped in to urge everyone to stay safe around bonfires and fireworks.

WPD's superhero Pylonman says: "Stay Safe around bonfires and fireworks."

Pylonman has issued his message to help prevent accidents on and around Bonfire Night as well as other celebrations such as Diwali, New Year’s Eve and Chinese New Year. 

Bonfire organisers are being urged to ‘look up - look out’ to check for power lines and electrical equipment when planning events and to keep bonfires and fireworks well away from them. 

Pylonman’s message is simple: “Safety is a number one priority for WPD, so always stay vigilant and carry out some quick checks to your surroundings so everyone stays safe when displays take place. 

“Smoke and heat from bonfires and fireworks can cause damage to electrical equipment and may affect power supplies causing wider disruption.” 

The superhero adds: “It’s important to have fun but it’s also important that you don’t hurt yourself or others, so make sure you follow my simple rules and the Firework Code.”

Pylonman’s rules are:
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area away from buildings and vehicles
  • Always read the label instructions before igniting fireworks
  • A responsible adult should supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children 
  • Wear safety glasses when igniting fireworks
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away
  • Never relight a ‘dud’ firework. Wait 20 minutes then soak it in a bucket of water
  • Always have a bucket of water handy and a charged water hose nearby
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them from metal or glass containers. 

For more safety tips and information about the Firework code visit: 

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