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Fire safety campaign aimed at children to stop misuse of fireworks leading up to bonfire night

  • Children take part in safety campaign organised by fire service
  • Aim is to reduce accidents from fireworks 

Children have been taking part in a fire safety campaign aimed at reducing the number of injuries from fireworks in the run-up to Bonfire Night.

Fireworks are already legally on sale in the UK and the next few weeks will be the busiest of the year for emergency services, as people head out to enjoy halloween and bonfire night celebrations. 

Pupils from Bolton Primary School have taken part in a range of activities to learn more about fire safety. The initiative involved 60 child students aged between nine and 10 visiting a training and safety centre in Bury.

The event was attended by the deputy mayor of Greater Manchester, Bev Hughes, who said: "Today is a fantastic opportunity to educate our young people about the dangers that can arise during the autumn period.”  

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Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) in recent years have faced anti-social behaviour during this period, including deliberate fires, hoax calls and have even come under attack.  

Officials are issuing warnings to parents during the halloween period.

Chief fire officer Jim Wallace said: “I would urge parents to make sure halloween costumes are kept away from naked flames and to check they are CE marked, so they can be reassured it is safe.” 

Advanced paramedic Duncan Mayoh added: “Even minor burns can result in having to have extensive treatment and in some cases, can be life changing.” 

For further information and safety advice go to: https://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/staying-safe/safe4autumn-treacle/ 

You can find all of the organised bonfires in Greater Manchester here: https://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/staying-safe/safe4autumn-treacle/what-s-on-in-greater-manchester/ 

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