‘Don’t be another Bonfire Night statistic’

STAY SAFE ... Julie Moon with a DVD about Bonfire Night safety.
STAY SAFE ... Julie Moon with a DVD about Bonfire Night safety.
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BE safe tonight – that’s the message from firefighters.

Officers from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue have been visiting schools in the region, including Biddick Academy in Washington, to urge pupils to take care in the run-up to Bonfire Night.

They spoke to children and young people about the dangers related to misuse of bonfires and fireworks and highlighted the consequences of anti-social behaviour. Area manager John Pratt, of Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Everyone knows that bonfires and fireworks can cause devastating injuries, even if you are being careful. So we are encouraging people to stay safe and to attend a professional, organised display.

“A key part of our campaign is talking to young people, making them aware of the dangers of bonfires and fireworks and advising them on how they can stay safe.

“Bonfire night is one of the busiest times for emergency services but we want people to enjoy themselves, stay safe and ensure they don’t become a statistic.”

l For more information and advice on how to enjoy a safe Bonfire Night, visit www.twfire.gov.uk/bonfire, www.facebook.com/bonfires or www.twitter.com/TWFRSbonfire.