Think safety first for firework and bonfire activities

Officials are covering all safety bases to ensure residents have a blast this bonfire night.

The Safer Northumberland Partnership, which includes Northumbria Police, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service and Northumberland County Council, has been spreading safety messages about fireworks and bonfires in the run up to November 5, as well as cracking down on illegal activities.

Firefighters and police have been visiting schools to warn children of the dangers, while Trading Standards have been inspecting retailers to ensure they are storing and selling fireworks legally. In addition, the council’s Neighbourhood Services team is removing unauthorised bonfires from public land.

People have been encouraged to attend an organised firework display, rather than have their own at home, as it is safer.

Anyone planning a bonfire should inform the fire service. Email CommunitySafety@northumberland.gov.uk or call 01670 621165. To report an illegal bonfire call 0845 600 6400.

Northumberland Wildlife Trust has reminded people who are having their own bonfires to check for hedgehogs before they light them as the animals consider the piles to be ideal hibernating spots.