Halloween and Bonfire Night should be fun for everyone.
There are lots of activities we like to get involved in around this time of year, but sometimes, the actions of a few can end up spoiling the fun for others.
This Halloween and Bonfire Night we’re appealing to everyone in our communities to keep the fun going for everyone, and to keep each other safe.
If you want to be one of the happy smiling faces out in our communities this Bonfire Night, don’t forget to SHINE
Nobody knows your neighbourhood better than you. Be aware of your surroundings and report anything that looks out of the ordinary.
Have common sense
Follow safety guidance when using fireworks and sparklers.
Attend safe, organised displays where possible and avoid large DIY bonfires.
Know your limits and avoid handling fireworks under the influence of alcohol.
Don’t put yourself in dangerous situations that could harm you or others.
Think about what might cause upset to the people or pets in your home and how you might avoid them or reduce their effects.
Consider how you might change your routine during this time, based on the risks identified.
Notify us of any issues
If you’re concerned about behaviours in the area, stockpiling of materials for burning or have any other concerns about Halloween and bonfire night please get in touch.
If you think the situation is an emergency or life-threatening call 999.
Have fun in a way that works best for you and doesn’t put others at risk. We all like to celebrate and have fun in different ways, but that should never ruin the fun for someone else.
Working in partnership
Trivallis will continue to work in partnership with South Wales Police, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service and local councils across this period to keep communities safe.
We will be increasing our presence in communities, to help prevent and resolve issues around things like anti-social behaviour and fly tipping that we see increasing at this time of the year.
Lianne Bulford, Neighbourhoods Services Manager said: “Our Neighbourhoods Team want to see communities safely enjoy activities at this time of the year. Our staff will be staying extra vigilant whilst out on estates, providing support to residents. Along with working closely with partners to identify any anti-social behaviour hotspots and trying to resolve any issues that are found, swiftly.
“This time of the year can be stressful for some, so please be considerate to others and mindful of those who are vulnerable.”
Debra Bayliss, Estates and Communities Manager said: “We are aware of the hot spots on estates that always see large bonfires being built and areas that are targeted with fly tipping. The costs to remove these large amounts of waste, can be up to £5000. This money could be getting used on providing other services to tenants, but we must remove the waste before it gets burnt to keep people safe.”
If you witness someone fly tipping on land that you think belongs to Trivallis, it is important to make a note of the date and time and report it to us by using www.trivallis.co.uk/contact-us or by calling 03000 030 888.
You should also report it to your local council by visiting their website and searching ‘Fly Tipping’.
Find out more: www.trivallis.co.uk/en/fly-tipping/
South Wales Police have provided some tips for a safe Bonfire Night:
- An organised display is the safest way to enjoy fireworks.
- It’s an offence to sell or give fireworks to anyone under the age of 18. You can be fined or imprisoned for selling or using fireworks illegally.
- Only children over the age of five should use sparklers, and they must be supervised by an adult at all times.
- It is also an offence to set off fireworks in a public place.
The inappropriate use of fireworks is dangerous and illegal. It can also cause distress and anxiety to vulnerable residents and to pets. Remember, it’s not fun for everyone.
We want to hear about the exciting ways you’ve been able to SHINE bright this Halloween and Bonfire Night.
Share your stories on social media and don’t forget to tag us using #SHINE
Alternatively, send your pictures into email@example.com and we’ll share them in our Halloween and Bonfire round up.