Public urged to stay safe on Bonfire Night

Residents are being encouraged to visit an organised firework display.

Residents are being encouraged to visit an organised firework display.

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Residents are being reminded to ensure they enjoy a safe Bonfire Night.

The Safer Northumberland Partnership – involving Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS), Northumberland County Council and Northumbria Police – is working to ensure everyone has a safe November 5.

Mark McCarty, Assistant Chief Fire Officer with NFRS, 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.”

Firefighters and police officers have been visiting schools to warn children about the dangers posed by fireworks and bonfires.

Coun Liz Simpson, chairman of the Safer Northumberland Partnership, said: “We want everyone to enjoy bonfire night but in a safe way. We are working closely with our partners to keep everyone as safe as possible both in the run-up to Bonfire Night and on November 5 itself.

“We’re also asking people to report all illegal bonfires to their local authority so they can be safely disposed of.”

People can report illegal bonfires via 0345 600 6400.

As part of the Safe Bonfire Scheme, those people who are holding a bonfire, whether it is in their garden or as part of a community event, are urged to register their details with the fire and rescue service.

The scheme creates a list of ‘safe’ bonfires across the county which in turn should reduce the number of callouts the service receives over this busy period and ensures that fire engines will be available to attend genuine emergencies.

If you are holding a bonfire, please let Fire Control know as soon as possible by emailing the details to firesafety1@northumberland.gov.uk or calling 01670 621110.

For further fire safety advice visit www.northumberland.gov.uk/Fire/Fireworks.aspx#bonfiresafety