Help protect Renfrewshire from bonfire tragedy

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Call for public to choose to attend official events rather than DIY displays.

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As Bonfire Night approaches firefighters have appealed for the public to help them protect Renfrewshire from tragedy.

The period leading up to 5 November is one of the busiest of the year for Scottish Fire and Rescue Service crews, with the number of emergency calls typically increasing by as much as 40 per cent.

Area Manager Paul Tanzilli – the local senior officer for East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire and Inverclyde – called on residents to recognise the risks. He said: “We want everyone who celebrates Bonfire Night to have a great time and get home safe afterwards.

“The fact is careless and poorly built bonfires threaten to set fire to neighbouring properties – and they also release toxic fumes that cause serious problems for people who have breathing conditions.

“Fireworks are obviously dangerous and we’ve seen too many incidents where someone has suffered life-changing injuries as a result of things going wrong.

“Organised fireworks displays or bonfires are more spectacular than DIY displays or unofficial events but, even more importantly, they are also far safer for you, your family and your friends.”

This year’s annual fireworks spectacular takes place on Saturday 1 November at Abbey Close, Gauze Street and Paisley town centre.

The ever-popular Renfrewshire Council event begins at noon and includes live music, a funfair and face-painters, culminating in an incredible space and science themed fireworks finale at 6pm.

Information about bonfire and fireworks safety is available from SFRS by visiting the website at /your-safety/bonfire-night.aspx

Area Manager Tanzilli added: “We can all play a part in making our communities safer at this time of year.

“It’s against the law for fireworks to be sold to children and young people, so anyone who is aware of this happening should report it to Police Scotland or Trading Standards.

“We would also encourage the public to report unsafe or dangerous bonfires or bonfire materials and any suspicion of deliberate fire setting.”

The public are urged to pass on any information about who may be responsible for fire setting to Police Scotland using the 101 non-emergency number or, alternatively, by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 

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