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Prior to schools breaking up for October’s half term, our Prevention team was busy visiting schools and encouraging Year 5 and 6 students to take part in creating a safety poster ahead of bonfire night and firework celebrations.

Collage of student fire safety posters

Sarah Wilkinson, Head of Prevention at Humberside Fire and Rescue Service expressed, “It’s been a delight to see children take part and their final poster creations.

“Their enthusiasm following my team’s recent visits and watching our informative videos on how to stay safe during Bonfire Night shows the positive impact when working together with schools on promoting fire safety.”

Remember if you’re planning on having fireworks and candles over the festive period it is important to celebrate safely.

By following the guidelines below, you can help keep your home safe from fire.


  • Keep candles away from flammable items like Christmas trees, curtains, cards, ribbons, or decorations.
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended. Extinguish them completely before leaving the room or going to sleep.
  • Keep candles out of reach of small children and pets.
  • Attending an organised event with a professional firework display is safer and more spectacular.
  • If you're using fireworks, carefully follow the provided instructions. Never return to a lit firework, even if it hasn't gone off yet.
  • Stand well back from bonfires and fireworks.
  • Never throw or light fireworks in the street.
  • Above all please be mindful the distress fireworks have on pets, wildlife and people.
  • Avoid wearing fancy dress costumes or flowing clothing near open flames or heat sources, as they can easily catch fire.


  • Make sure everyone in your home knows your escape routes in case of a fire.
  • If you have guests staying overnight, make sure you share your escape plan with them.
  • Make sure everyone knows where the door keys are kept.
  • Keep your escape routes clear at all times.
  • Do not charge electronic items, such as mobile phone on escape routes.