FAMILIES are being urged to give holding their own Bonfire Night a miss to save lives and avoid injury.
County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service people is advising people to head for organised events to reduce risk of harm.
Senior community safety officer Andrew Allison said: “The fire and rescue service receive an increase in calls during the period leading up to November 5.
“They are often to extinguish bonfires that have been built in dangerous places or that aren’t being supervised by adults.
“Dealing with these types of incident can often delay us from attending real emergencies where there may be lives at risk.
“We are asking the public to not have bonfires at all and to visit an organised fireworks display.
“Buying fireworks is expensive and you will never create the kind of display seen at organised events.
“It is very easy for injuries to happen around bonfires, especially when younger children are involved and they also tend to annoy neighbours due to the smell of the smoke getting into houses.”
Details of organised displays in County Durham can be found at www.duham.gov.uk.