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Early warning over dangers of illegal bonfires
Although bonfire night is more than a month away, residents have been asked for help in preventing illegal and potentially dangerous bonfires before they happen.
With darker evenings and fireworks becoming more readily available in the run up to November 5, emergency services are expecting a rise in the number of unauthorised fires in the coming weeks.
They have asked residents to play their part in reducing such incidents, which puts a strain on services at this time of year.
Bradford Council is working in partnership with the police, the fire service and the district’s largest social landlord, Incommunities, to try to nip any problems in the bud, and want people to help the campaign and report dangerous bonfires which can be dealt with immediately.
With many illegal bonfires started by groups setting fire to any flammable items they can find, businesses, homes and schools are being given advice on removing piles of rubbish before they become an attractive target.
Traders are being asked not to take advantage of the season to make a quick profit by transporting and illegally disposing of waste on bonfires, and shopkeepers are warned not to sell fireworks, matches and lighters to under-age youngsters.
Bradford Council Neighbourhood Wardens and fire officers will also be visiting schools to teach children the dangers that fires and fireworks can pose.
Councillor Imran Hussain, the Council’s deputy leader who is responsible for community safety, said: “People shouldn’t get the idea that the bonfire season will provide them with a chance to get rid of their rubbish on the cheap.
“Council wardens will be looking out for fly-tipping and cracking down on culprits. Fly-tipped rubbish is not only unsightly but can be highly dangerous if someone sets it on fire.”
Chief Inspector Dan Greenwood, of Bradford District Community Safety Partnership, said: “The period around bonfire night can bring with it an increase in incidents of anti-social behaviour, particularly through the use of fireworks.
“Working with our partners, however, we will be taking all the preventive measures we can, but also combining that with robust enforcement."