Councils’ safety advice for people on Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night Warning
Bonfire Night Warning

Advice on how to stay safe on Bonfire night is on hand from East Dunbartonshire Community Safety Partnership’s Bonfire and Fireworks Group.

It has issued a joint protocol for all the partners to work with to keep people safe and reduce antisocial behaviour on and around Bonfire Night.

This campaign aims to reduce the number of bonfires in unsafe or dangerous locations and reckless and indiscriminate use of fireworks.

Chief Inspector Rob Hay from Police Scotland said: “Every year at this time, calls to emergency services increase and communities face misery caused by irresponsible and inconsiderate individuals. If you are not attending an organised display we suggest you consider carefully whether the use of fireworks is something appropriate to your neighbourhood.

Leader of East Dunbartonshire Council, Rhondda Geekie, said: “Fireworks can only be sold during specified periods in the fireworks season and anyone purchasing fireworks must be over 18. We will closely monitor registered and licensed retailers to ensure that they are operating within the law and not selling fireworks to people who are underage.”

To report any illegal sale or storage activity people are urged to contact the Trading Standards Team on 0300 123 4510 or email trading.standards@eastdunbarton.gov.uk