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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Hard-hitting campaign highlights firework safety

20/10/2014

Bonfire night safety
Operation Good Guy

A hard-hitting campaign which aims to highlight the risks that fireworks can pose to young people is taking place in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

"Our Community Safety Officers will be visiting dozens of schools across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent to educate pupils on the potential risks associated with fireworks if they are not used safely. It is a hard-hitting campaign which has proved successful in educating young people on all aspects of firework safety so that they will understand the dangers and won’t end up hurting themselves or anyone else."

Glynn Luznyj - Head of Risk Reduction

Community Safety Officers and volunteers will be visiting 57 of schools as part of Operation Good Guy.

They will be talking to pupils about staying safe during the Bonfire Night celebrations.

The high-profile initiative features information on the hazards associated with the unsafe use of fireworks and bonfires as well as explaining the law in relation to fireworks.

Glynn Luznyj, Head of Risk Reduction, said: "Our Community Safety Officers will be visiting dozens of schools across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent to educate pupils on the potential risks associated with fireworks if they are not used safely . It is a hard-hitting campaign which has proved successful in educating young people on all aspects of firework safety so that they will understand the dangers and won’t end up hurting themselves or anyone else.

"We will also be warning them that they can face a £500 fine if they set fireworks off in the street, on the highway or in a public place. Anyone under 18-years-old who is found in possession of a firework or anyone, of any age, who is caught setting off a firework between 11pm-7am, apart from on Bonfire Night, New Year’s Eve or Diwali, can be given an £80 fine."