Bonfire Night figures decrease by almost half in Cleveland

The number of bonfires Cleveland Fire Brigade attended yesterday decreased by almost half compared to last year.

In total the Brigade attended 99 incidents on 5 November, 36 of which were fires.

There were 26 deliberate bonfires compared to 48 on Bonfire Night last year.

Cleveland Fire Brigade figures 5 November      2014      2015      %+/-
Total Incidents                                                          162        99        -38.9
Fires                                                                            75        36        -52.0
Deliberate Secondary Fires (grassland/refuse)          69        31        -55.1
Bonfire-related fires                                                    48        26        -45.8

bonfire2Phil Lancaster, Director of Community Protection with Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “Our staff coped very well last night from managing the calls to our control centre, to assessing the dangers of each bonfire we were notified of, to the crews out and about dealing with incidents.

“We’re pleased to see a reduction in overall incidents including deliberate bonfires and want to thank the public for helping keep bonfire night safe this year. As we move towards the weekend we want to remind people to be safe and the best way to do that is to attend an organised display.

“If people must buy fireworks for use at home we would urge them to only buy ones which comply with British Standard BS7114 and to please follow the Firework Code. This is not only for their safety but for that of their family and friends as well.”

The Brigade is also issuing a reminder that only adults should set off fireworks and parents should make their children aware of the dangers of playing with them.

The Firework Code
• Keep fireworks in a closed box
• Follow the instructions on each firework
• Light all fireworks at arm’s length
• Stand well back
• Keep pets indoors
• Never go back to a lit firework
• Never put fireworks in your pocket
• Never throw fireworks
• Do not drink alcohol if setting off fireworks.

If anyone has any information about arson or anti-social behaviour in their area, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or the Police on 101.

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