Stay safe and go to an organised fireworks display this weekend

The advice is to stay safe and go to an organised fireworks display.
The advice is to stay safe and go to an organised fireworks display.

Make sure you stay safe on Bonfire Night - this is the message from East Dunbartonshire Community Safety Partnership.

At this time of year fire-fighters have to tackle out of control bonfires, and many people are injured by the misuse of fireworks.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “Once again, we are working closely with colleagues to reduce the risk of harm around bonfire night.

“Although it is a time of excitement for some, for others it is a frightening and disconcerting time of year. “Council officers and partners will be responding to reports of unauthorised bonfires, and also to calls regarding anti-social behaviour caused by people misusing fireworks, which can adversely affect local communities.”

David McGowan, assistant chief officer, Scottish Fire and Rescue, said: “We can be up to four times busier than usual on bonfire night.

“Illegal bonfires needlessly take up our crew’s time and put others with genuine emergencies at risk.

“I would urge anyone who sees someone starting an illegal bonfire to contact Crimestoppers. Together we can help each other stay safe this bonfire night.”

Chief Inspector Craig Smith, area commander for East Dunbartonshire, Police Scotland added: “Of course we want people to enjoy bonfire and firework displays but would like to highlight the dangers associated with unauthorised displays.

“I’d encourage people to attend official, organised events as the safest way to be part of the activities.” There is no organised display in East Dunbartonshire this year but some others in the area include: Glasgow Green, Saturday, November 5 (Fireworks 7.30pm), St Maurice’s High School, Cumbernauld – Friday, November 4 (Fireworks 7.30pm), Drumchapel & West Winterfest, Drumchapel Park – Saturday, November 5 (Fireworks 7pm) Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell – Saturday, November 5 (Fireworks 7.15pm).

Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on their website at www.crimestoppers-uk.org