Safety urged on Bonfire Night

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Residents in Dundee are being asked to take extra care this Bonfire Night to keep safe, stop any further spread of the virus and prevent adding more pressure on local public services.

As organised firework displays have been cancelled this year due to COVID-19, it is likely that more people will be tempted to get together to hold private firework displays and bonfires in their garden.

Community Safety and Public Protection Convener, Councillor Kevin Cordell said: “Unfortunately it won’t be a Bonfire Night like we are used to this year. 

“The traditional popular public events have been cancelled this year for understandable reasons, and it’s important we all put safety first by acting responsibly. 

“Please follow all the safety advice and also stick to the limit of no more than six people from two households gathering outdoors. 

“Let’s all play our part in keeping our local communities safe, prevent unnecessary pressure on public services and help to stop further spread of the virus.”

The city’s public partners are reminding residents that the private use of fireworks can pose a threat to on-lookers, as well as asking communities to consider the impact of their actions on Scotland's emergency services.

SFRS Local Senior Officer for Dundee, Angus, Perth and Kinross and Area Commander Gordon Pryde, said, “Every year people are injured by fireworks and children in particular are at risk.

"We know some may consider using fireworks within a private setting this year due to COVID-19 leaving many public events cancelled.

"Bonfire Night is the busiest night of the year for the SFRS and it is vital that Scotland's emergency services maintain the capacity to respond to emergencies."

NHS Tayside consultant in emergency medicine, Dr Andrew Bogacz, said, “It is really upsetting to see people especially children, injured by fireworks. It is regrettable that many of the firework-related burn injuries we see in the emergency department could have been avoided if the safety guidance was followed.

“It is easy to forget that, despite how pretty sparklers look, they can inflict a nasty burn if not handled and disposed of correctly. This year I would like to urge everyone to take extra care around fireworks and enjoy their displays safely.”

Police Scotland Tayside Division Superintendent Elaine Logue said, “Typically, this period is very busy for emergency services and while the cancellation of events and the early or continued closure of licensed venues is likely to result in a reduction in the number of people out and about, we can't be complacent.

“Please help us keep the celebrations enjoyable and safe for everyone. The vast majority are complying with the legal restrictions in place and we are grateful for your efforts.”

Ideas for fun Bonfire Night activities for families and children can be found at the Parent club website: https://www.parentclub.scot/articles/bonfire-night

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