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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Celebrate safely this Bonfire Night

27/10/2014

Fireworks
Firework safety

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to celebrate safely during the Bonfire Night festivities.

"The Bonfire Night celebrations will be starting this weekend – coinciding with the longest period of industrial action in the national FBU dispute so far. This makes it all the more vital that people take heed of our safety warnings because Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will not be able to respond as quickly, or with as many resources, as usual." 

Glynn Luznyj - Head of Risk Reduction

The Service is calling on revellers to play it safe and enjoy organised events rather than hosting their own.

The festivities are expected to start on Friday night – coinciding with the beginning of a 96-hour Fire Brigade Union strike. The industrial action will run from 6pm on Friday, October 31 to 6pm on Tuesday, November 4.

Head of Risk Reduction Glynn Luznyj said: “The Bonfire Night celebrations will be starting this weekend – coinciding with the longest period of industrial action in the national FBU dispute so far. This makes it all the more vital that people take heed of our safety warnings because Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will not be able to respond as quickly, or with as many resources, as usual.

“We would urge people to attend organised events that have to comply with stringent health, safety and legal requirements and to avoid throwing their own parties which, if things go wrong, can quickly get out of hand. The majority of injuries caused by fireworks happen at family or private parties.

“Our Community Safety Officers have been visiting schools across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent in the last few weeks to highlight the potential risks, both in terms of injury and in terms of the law, that handling fireworks can pose. It is absolutely vital that pupils learn the facts at an early age so that they do not take part in illegal, and potentially life-threatening, activities as they get older.”

Approximately 1,000 people are injured by fireworks annually in the UK.

Leaflets featuring top tips have been distributed to shops in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent and eye-catching posters will be displayed in social clubs, community centres and other facilities.

People are being encouraged to follow the Firework Code which can be found at http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/1324.asp

The strike will be the12th round of industrial action to be held since the dispute between the FBU and the Government began in September 2013 over pensions.