Pupils warned about dangers of fireworks

Bonfire Safety Campaign event at Kings Priory School, Tynemouth, showing Community Firefighter Karen Hobkirk with students.'REF 1610145732
Bonfire Safety Campaign event at Kings Priory School, Tynemouth, showing Community Firefighter Karen Hobkirk with students.'REF 1610145732
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Borough children have been warned about the dangers of playing with fireworks.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has launched its annual bonfire safety campaign.

The campaign includes a schools education programme, an inspection of outlets storing fireworks, and a social media campaign, as well as a dedicated website.

And last Thursday, officers from the service visited Kings Priory School, in Tynemouth to talk to children and young people about the dangers relating to the misuse of bonfires and fireworks, and to highlight the consequences of anti-social behaviour.

Area manager John Pratt, of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, 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 and to attend a professional organised display.”

He added: “A key part of our campaign is talking to young people, making them aware of the dangers of bonfires and fireworks and advising them on how they can stay safe.

“Bonfire night is one of the busiest times of the year for the emergency services.”

“We want people to enjoy themselves, to stay safe and ensure they don’t become a statistic.”

For more information and advice on how to enjoy a safe Bonfire Night visit www.twfire.gov.uk/bonfire, www.facebook.com/bonfires or www.twitter.com/TWFRSbonfire