Remember to be safe with fireworks this November

Bonfires and colourful fireworks displays will take place across Fife this year, providing entertainment for all ages to enjoy.
Bonfires and colourful fireworks displays will take place across Fife this year, providing entertainment for all ages to enjoy.

With Bonfire Night celebrations taking place tonight, police have been warning residents to be safe rather than sorry.

Data shows that on average visit hospital with fireworks-related injuries each year, with the vast majority of these injuries happen at private parties and in the street or other public places.

Chief Inspector Craig Smith, Area Commander for East Dunbartonshire said: “I want people to enjoy this time of year but would like to remind people of the potential dangers of bonfires and fireworks.

“I’d encourage people to attend an official organised event as the safest way to be part of the activities.

“Any irresponsible use of fireworks can cause significant injury and also have a detrimental effect on local communities due to the noise and associated anti-social behaviour. Therefore, in conjunction with our community safety partners, we will be out proactively tackling fireworks’ misuse and illegal bonfires to ensure people and communities are kept safe whilst enjoying activities at this time of year.

“I’d ask that irresponsible behaviour is reported to police on 101 or 999.”