Fireworks warning from fire brigade

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FIRE chiefs have urged people to act responsibly in the run-up to Bonfire Night.

Cleveland Fire Brigade wants to see a reduction in the number of people needing hospital treatment after being injured by fireworks.

The brigade’s arson reduction and fire investigation manager, Steve Johnson, also reminded people that it is an offence to have an unofficial bonfire and urged people to report any sites to their local council so they can be removed.

He said: “Despite the brigade’s hard-hitting campaign every year to warn people of the dangers, the statistics show that a very small minority of people are still putting their lives and the lives of others at risk.

“We will certainly not give up in our efforts to get important safety messages across to the people of Cleveland. We are not killjoys, all we are asking is that people follow some simple advice to stay safe.”

Mr Johnson offered some simple tips to have a safe time for anyone putting on their own display, including buying fireworks which comply with the British Standard, lighting them at arm’s length and never to go back to a lit firework.

For further information, including organised fireworks displays, visit www.clevelandfire.gov.uk/firework

Meanwhile, the brigade’s free home fire safety visits are still available by calling (01429) 874063.