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Police and firefighters to tour schools in run up to Bonfire Night
12:51pm Monday 14th October 2013 in News
AS THOUSANDS of people across the region plan their annual Bonfire Night celebrations, firefighters and police have issued a joint warning about the dangers posed by fireworks.
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and officers from Northumbria Police are touring secondary schools over the coming weeks to encourage the safe use of fireworks.
The campaign includes a crackdown on the purchase of illegal fireworks, and jointly tackling the consequences of anti-social behavior associated with bonfires.
Officers will also encourage pupils and parents to attend organised events rather than setting fireworks off in their back gardens.
John Pratt, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service area manager, said: "Everyone knows that bonfires and fireworks can cause devastating injuries, even if you are being careful.
"So we are encouraging people to stay safe this year and to attend a professional organised display".
Parents are also reminded to always supervise children around fireworks, and never to give sparklers to children under five.
Local forces are also urging anyone who has concerns about disorder or anti-social behavior to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191.
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