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Firefighters In North Yorkshire Warn Us To Stay Safe On Bonfire Night.


6:01am 2nd November 2013

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service are encouraging people from across the county to take part in organised fireworks displays to help reduce accidents and injuries.

Darren Henderson, Watch Manager, from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said; “We want everyone to enjoy bonfire night, but we want them to do so safely. The best way for people to have an enjoyable and safe evening is for them to attend an organised event where the fireworks are handled by professionals."

If you can’t make it along to an organised event this year and are planning to celebrate at home North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have this advice;

  • Only buy fireworks from a legitimate retailer.
  • Check the fireworks you buy are suitable for the size of the garden and conform to British Standards (BS 7114).
  • Alcohol and fireworks don’t mix.
  • Light fireworks at arm’s length with a taper.
  • Stand well back and keep others back.
  • Never go back to a lit firework.
  • Never play with fireworks or put fireworks in your pocket.
  • Always supervise children around fireworks.
  • Store fireworks in a metal box, kept closed between use.
  • Keep pets indoors.
  • Sparklers can cause serious injury to children if not handled correctly.
  • Do not give sparklers to children under five and closely supervise children over five.

One event that is on tonight (2 November 2013), is the Osgoldcross & Elmet Rotary Club, who are holding the 21st annual South Milford Bonfire and fireworks display from 6.00pm.  The event takes place behind the Swan Hotel in South Milford, with fireworks at 7.30pm.

Event chair Bob Kirton enters his second year in charge of the event after last year’s successful take over from his long standing predecessor John Fleming.  Bob said:

“Taking the reins from John Fleming was a real honour. John continues to support me and the committee striving to make the event better year after year”.

“Yet again, thanks to Gelderd’s Coaches of Leeds, we’re pleased to offer a free park and ride service to avoid traffic near the site.  The service will pick up and drop off from Hillam, Monk Fryston, Ledsham, Sherburn in Elmet and South Milford and we expect more people than ever to take advantage of the service.”

Also on tonight is Selby Town Council's Annual Bonfire Display. That's at the Community Centre Field from 6.30 with fireworks at around 7.30. Minster FM will be there to help with the celebrations. Entry for this is by donation to Selby District Vision and Marie Curie Cancer Care. They are asking people not to bring dogs, bikes or sparklers for safety reasons.

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