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Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service has issued advice, calling for a safe Bonfire Night.

Firefighters with Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service say they’ll be working closely with local schools and Cheshire Police to ensure Bonfire Night goes off safely, this year.

Safety advice has been issued, which includes recommendations to attend organised displays and to avoid leaving wheelie bins and rubbish out to potentially fuel deliberate attacks.

Firefighters also say anti-social behaviour will be addressed, and fire’s they deem to be unsafe or out of control will be extinguished.

Colin Heyes, Arson Reduction Manager for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, said, “We want everyone to be as safe as possible and what may seem like harmless fun can easily end in disaster when it comes to fireworks and bonfires – fire is unpredictable and can easily get out of control so make sure you remember the night for the right reasons and go to an organised display.”

He added, “Fireworks are giving us more issues than ever. The number of firework injuries in the UK has more than doubled in the last four years. Fireworks are more powerful and more dangerous than they ever were.”

“Please follow the fireworks code. Some of these injuries are life-changing.”

Chair of Cheshire Fire Authority Councillor Bob Rudd said, “Sadly a lot of our time is taken up dealing with deliberate fires and we work closely with police, local authorities and schools to try and reduce these each year.

“Firefighters have been busy engaging with communities in hotspot areas to educate people about how they can help if they see dangerous and nuisance bonfires. People can also help to reduce incidents of arson by ensuring their wheelie bins are stored away and by not leaving rubbish out for people to use to fuel bonfires.”

Additional advice can be found on the Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service website, by following this link here.

Pic: Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service

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