Updated: Oct 15
This Bonfire Night, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is urging people NOT to host events or have bonfires at their own private property.
Due to coronavirus, Bonfire Night will be celebrated differently with many of the usual organised events not going ahead. WYFRS is not trying to ruin anyone’s fun but please do not host an event, abide by local restrictions and practice social distancing this Bonfire season.
We want everyone to enjoy the bonfire season responsibly and encourage families NOT to host their own bonfires or events. Garden bonfires can so easily get out of control. Not only do these pose a serious risk to yourself, your family and the public, but they also take our crews away from other potentially life-threatening incidents.
A great deal of work goes into preparing neighbourhoods for the bonfire period, in order to clear any potential fuel for arsonists. Last year we received over 500 emergency calls on the evening of Bonfire Night alone. 66 of the incidents that we attended were bonfire related.
We’ll be sharing safety messages throughout the bonfire season so be sure to follow us across all our social media channels.
We’ll also be running 2 Facebook live sessions, hosted by some of our senior officers. We invite everyone to join us on these sessions, as we discuss how we’re planning for Bonfire Night, share essential safety advice and welcome any questions that you might have.