Scheme helps to ensure safety of bonfire events
The Kenilworth Round Table and Warwick Rotary and Lions are among the sixteen organisations who registered their Bonfire Events on Warwick District Council’s voluntary Bonfire and Firework Display Registration Scheme in 2018. This year, the Council are reaching out to all organisations to register their event.
The scheme, which is now in its sixth year, provides a free service to organisers with the aim of ensuring that the district’s bonfire events run smoothly and that all possible measures have been taken to ensure public safety.
Far more than a ‘box ticking exercise’, the scheme involves a member of the council’s Health & Safety team visiting the site prior to the event, with the event plans and risk assessments considered by the Safety Advisory Group, a team of experts made up of senior officers from Warwickshire Police, Fire and Rescue Service, Ambulance Service, County Highways and the Council’s Health & Safety team.
Once the team are satisfied that any recommendations for improvements to safety have been carried out, the organisers are issued with a Certificate of Registration and details of the event are listed on the council’s website.
The scheme has already seen large events register, as well as smaller public bonfires held by schools, sports & social clubs and pubs.
Warwick District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Health & Community Protection, Councillor Andrew Thompson, commented: “Last year I was very pleased to see that all of the registered bonfire and firework events were successfully concluded without any major incidents reported. This year we want as many events as possible to register to ensure the best safety standards are in place across the district.”