Public urged to stay safe at bonfire events

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Residents are being urged to extra careful ahead of next month’s Bonfire Night events.

The Safer Northumberland Partnership, which brings together Northumberland Fire and Rescue, county council officers and Northumbria Police, is working to ensure all safety bases are covered.

The fire service and the police are encouraging people to go to an organised display rather than hold their own event at home.

Chief fire officer Alex Bennett said: “It makes sense to go to an organised display – they are certainly more spectacular than anything you could do at home, but more importantly, they are safer.

“Horrific accidents can occur with fireworks and bonfires even if you are being careful.”

As part of this year’s campaign, firefighters and police are visiting schools to warn children about the dangers.

Trading standards officers from the county council’s public protection service and fire officers are also carrying out inspections to ensure retailers selling fireworks are storing them correctly and are operating within the legal limits.

The county council’s neighbourhood services team will be removing collections of waste and unauthorised bonfires from public land over the next few weeks.

You can report illegal bonfires by calling the council on 0845 600 6400.

Residents are also asked to bring their bins in as soon as they have been emptied as they can be a target for arson.