Keeping People Safe Over Bonfire Period

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Keeping People Safe Over Bonfire Period

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is working to keep communities safe in Sefton over the bonfire period.

More than 30 tonnes of bonfire material has been collected in Sefton so far by Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service and partners leading up to Bonfire Night.

Organisations such as Sefton Council, Merseyside Police, One Vision Housing and housing association Riverside are working together with Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service to keep people safe leading up to Bonfire Night.

Tipper trucks and skips have been used to collect combustible materials in the borough.

A number of engagement activities are also being held across Sefton over the bonfire period.

These include free cage soccer events being organised by MF&RS and Fire Support Network at Kirkstone Road North in Ford on November 4 and Violet Road in Litherland on November 5 from 6pm to 9pm.

People are urged to attend an organised fireworks display this year, not to build bonfires and not to leave combustible material lying around that could be used to build fires.

Jen Taylor, MF&RS Sefton District Prevention Manager, said: “Plans are in place in a bid to reduce anti-social behaviour within the community and make the bonfire period an enjoyable time of year for members of the public.

“We advise parents to remain vigilant and ensure that their children stay safe by reminding them of the dangers of fireworks and fire setting.

“We also ask members of the public to do their bit for the community and dispose of any rubbish and combustibles in an appropriate way to help reduce the number of nuisance bonfires that the service attends.”

Wheelie bins become an easy target at this time of year. Residents are urged to only put them out on the day of collection and bring them in immediately afterwards. Where possible they should be locked away and stored away from windows and doors.

Councillor Trish Hardy, Sefton’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Environment added: “We have been very successful over recent years and it comes down to great partnership work. I hope people will enjoy the bonfire period and stay safe this year.”

To have a bonfire removed call Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service on 0800 731 5958. Outside office hours please leave a message with your details and a contact number.

Photo shows partners from Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, Sefton Council’s Parks and Green Spaces, One Vision Housing, Riverside, Sefton Council’s Leisure Services and Councillor Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member Communities and Environment. Photo by Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service.

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