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Firefighters warn Halton residents to stay safe and watch organised firework display
HALTON firefighters are warning of the dangers of the misuse of fireworks during what will be a busy bonfire period for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Most injuries occur as a result of people building their own bonfires and setting off their own fireworks.
The message from firefighters to Halton residents is clear - go to an official display, which is much safer and always better value for money.
A free fireworks display is being held on the River Mersey beside the Runcorn Widnes bridge on Tuesday, November 5, at 7.30pm.
Spectators can watch from West Bank promenade in Widnes or Mersey Road in Runcorn.
Alex Waller, Unitary Performance Manager for Halton, said: "Fireworks are extremely dangerous, it is all too easy for something that seems like a funny prank to end in tragedy.
“We are urging people not to buy their own fireworks, instead they should attend a properly organised event. This is not about us stopping people having fun. This is about us trying to keep people and property safe from the potentially devastating impact of fire.
“We want people to enjoy themselves over this time, but we want them to do it safely.”
Over the bonfire period smaller fire engines, known as targeted response vehicles will be monitoring high risk areas to enable a quick response to small nuisance bonfires and act as a deterrent.
To reduce potentially nuisance or dangerous bonfires there will be a bonfire removal scheme operating across the area.
Halton residents can report unlit bonfires via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Response is guaranteed within 24 hours.
The bonfire period runs until November 7.
Anyone wishing to report more serious cases of arson should call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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