Firefighters urge people to attend organised bonfires

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FIREFIGHTERS across South Yorkshire are urging youngsters to attend organised bonfire and firework displays this year in a bid to reduce the number of people who end up hurt.

They are also helping to remove waste from illegal dumping grounds across the county to try to reduce the number of fires deliberately started on Bonfire Night.

Crews have also been issuing safety advice and leaflets to residents about firework safety, as reminding retailers not to sell fireworks to under 18s.

Diane Malpass, head of community safety for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, said: “The best way to enjoy bonfire night is to attend an organised display.

“The bonfires are bigger, the fireworks are better and they are a lot safer.

“If you are intent on holding your own display, the advice is simple. Only buy British Standard marked fireworks, follow the instructions on the box and site any bonfires well away from buildings.

“Attend organised displays – they’re much safer than holding your own and only buy fireworks from reputable retailers and never from people on the street.”