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Fire chiefs issue Bonfire Night safety warning
4:40pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
West Yorkshire fire chiefs have urged people to take extra care and be vigilant in the run up to and over Bonfire Night.
There were 225 fires in the open which were started deliberately between November 1 and 8 last year across the county compared with 261 in 2011.
The brigade is trying to reduce that numer still further this year using a programme of education and safety schemes.
Its ‘Gone in a Flash’ campaign shows in graphic detail how fireworks and bonfires can wreck lives if not used responsibly.
It’s also hoped that using the hashtag #WYBonfire twitter followers will retweet and spread the vital safety messages.
Ian Bitcon, senior fire safety officer, said: “Unfortunately every year our crews deal with the reality of some individuals not taking bonfire night and fireworks seriously.
“To reduce the risks, we encourage residents across West Yorkshire to attend organised displays and bonfires. It’s safer, better for the environment, and everyone has a great time.”
The brigade is also reminding people that anyone under 18 found in possession of fireworks, or seen to throw or discharge a firework, can be fined £80 on the spot.
Also anyone found to sell a fire work to someone under 18 or found to sell a category 4 (professional display) firework to a non-professional, can face a fine of up to £5,000 or a prison sentence.