Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service urges safety over Bonfire period

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Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is working closely with Merseyside Police and Council partners to keep people safe and reduce anti-social behaviour over the Bonfire period.

Everyone across Merseyside is encouraged to enjoy Bonfire Night safely by following the advice below:

 

Bonfires and Fireworks

·         Please do not give anyone, especially young people, combustible materials. In addition to this, please do not flytip or leave flammable materials lying around that could be used to build bonfires.

·         Bonfires are only allowed on private land with the owner’s permission, and must be supervised by an adult at all times. Keep water handy, and ensure the fire is completely out before leaving it at the end of the evening.

·         If a fire engine is called out to deliberate bonfires, wheelie bin fires and rubbish fires, this may delay a response to other emergencies.

·         You are advised to attend one of the many organized displays held at venues across Merseyside. You can find details of all displays on your local council’s website.

·         You should only buy fireworks from retailers with a registration from Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service.

·         Pets can become frightened by fireworks, and should be kept indoors if possible.

 

Wheelie Bins

·         Wheelie bins can become easy targets over the bonfire period. Please only put your bin out on the day of collection, and bring it back in immediately.

 

Hate Crime

·         Firework misuse, anti-social behaviour and arson attacks against anyone who has been specifically targeted due to the colour of their skin, their sexuality, race or religion can be classed as a hate crime and will not be tolerated. Dedicated teams are available to catch offenders.

This type of incident carries severe penalties for those who are convicted.

Bonfire removal

·         To report an unsafe bonfire, the storage of bonfire materials that need to be removed, arrange a Home Fire Safety Check or for arson prevention advice, call Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service on 0800 731 5958. Outside office hours, please leave a message with your details and a contact number.

·         Fire Service Direct are providing a free home fire safety check including free smoke alarms to anyone phoning in to report bonfire materials, (normally costing £27.50 for anyone under 65) as a thank-you for helping MFRS keep the streets safe over the bonfire period.

In an emergency, always call 999.

 

Watch Manager Steve Pratley, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Arson Reduction Co-ordinator, said: “Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service would like everyone to enjoy the Bonfire night period as safely as possible. Organised events are the best way to watch and enjoy fireworks as they provide controlled displays delivered by people familiar with fireworks in places that are suitable.

 

“We would encourage people to take advantage of organised events rather than arrange their own at home.”

 

For free fire safety advice or to request a home fire safety check, call 0800 731 5958.

 

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service also provides free smoke alarms for Merseyside residents aged 65 or over.

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