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Halloween and firework safety warning to residents

Created on 31/10/2019 @ 07:12
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Local police and firefighters are urging residents in Newtown to take care of the elderly and vulnerable in the lead up to tonight's Halloween and to take extra precautions ahead of Bonfire Night.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue, Dyfed Powys Police and Powys County Council are working together to raise public awareness on how to be safe for the forthcoming Halloween and Fireworks activities.

They are urging residents to attend official firework displays, such as that at Newtown Football Club on Friday evening, organised by the town's Rotary Club, which starts at 7pm.

The campaign encourages persons to be considerate to anyone who does not wish to join in the celebrations.

"For many children and young people Halloween is a night for dressing up and be rewarded with “treats” from their neighbours," said a fire and rescue spokesperson.

"The Fire Service Community Safety departments alongside the police are reminding children and young people to respect neighbours who are not keen to participate with the activities of the 31st October. #Notfunforeveryone"

With 5 November just around the corner, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service is also encouraging the public to celebrate this year's Bonfire Night in the safest way possible and attend an official, organised public firework display, which are much safer, more entertaining, and cost effective than private displays.

The main message is to enjoy fireworks from a safe distance, and if trick or treating, only calling on those who want to take part.

Arson Reduction Manager, Steve Richards explains: “MAWWFRS is committed to supporting vulnerable people who are subject to crimes and anti – sociable behaviour. Over this period, we will be working in partnership with our partner organisations, to make contact and offer support to victims of this type of crime.

“Safety is the key to having a safe and successful Bonfire Night. We would encourage everybody who wishes to celebrate Bonfire Night to try and attend your local community fireworks display and bonfire event. However, if you do wish to buy fireworks, make sure that you purchase them from a reputable retailer and only buy fireworks marked BS 7114.”

He added: "Please remember to keep your pets indoors during this period to ensure that they are safe from risk or fright and be considerate of your neighbours by warning them beforehand and don’t let off fireworks after 11pm.

"If you are aware of any persons who may be selling illegal fireworks, please contact the Police by phoning 101.”

MAWWFRS advises the public against building private bonfires, but if you are planning a bonfire we insist that you contact the Fire Service ahead of time on Remember, remember the 5th of November.


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