London Fire Brigade

Fall in Bonfire Night incidents

06 November 2017

London’s firefighters attended almost 20 per cent fewer incidents on Bonfire Night compared to last year, according to new figures.

410 incidents during the 24-hour period

This year our 999 Control Officers took a total of 697 calls on 5 November, with firefighters attending 410 incidents during the 24-hour period. The figure is down on 2016’s 501 incidents – the busiest Bonfire Night for the Brigade in six years.

Over the Bonfire Night weekend, from Friday 3 November to Sunday 5 November, 999 Control Officers took a total of 1,747 calls and firefighters attended 1,080 incidents across the city.

At least 17 fires attended over the three day period were caused by fireworks.These included a fire at a mid-terraced house in Mitcham which was started by a stray firework on Saturday.

We were braced for another busy fireworks period after the increase in incidents in 2016, which was thought to be due to Bonfire Night falling at a weekend.
 
London Fire Brigade Director of Operations Tom George said: “It was another busy Bonfire Night period for firefighters and control officers, but we are pleased to see a decrease in the number of calls and incidents attended.                                                                                                                                                                

“Our 999 Control Officers and firefighters worked extremely hard to deal with a large amount of calls and incidents.

"Attend organised displays"

“Fireworks can be spectacular but they are explosives and can cause serious injury if handled irresponsibly so we always urge people to attend organised displays rather than holding their own events.”

On Friday, the Brigade’s 999 Control Officers took 538 calls and crews attended 319 incidents and on Saturday, there were 512 calls and 351 incidents attended.

Know your firework safety

Make sure you know how to stay safe. Visit our fireworks safety page

• Only buy fireworks marked with the British Standard Kitemark BS7114.
• Never drink alcohol if setting off fireworks.
• Keep fireworks in a closed box and always follow the instructions carefully when using them.