Dorset residents urged to stay safe at Bonfire Night fireworks displays
Dorset residents are being reminded to stay safe during Bonfire Night celebrations this weekend and on Monday.
With a host of local events being organised across Dorset, there will be enhanced police patrols - as emergency services brace themselves for a busy week.
Head of Prevention at Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said: "Bonfire Night is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate with your local community, but we want to make sure that the public are kept safe and feel safe.
"We are urging anyone who is using fireworks or having a bonfire to consider the potential fire risks.
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"There are a few simple things that can be done to reduce these risks, always follow the instructions on each firework and light them at arms length, using a taper and ensure that bonfires and fireworks are away from sheds, fences and other flammable materials."
Those who are holding their own fireworks event are being urged to follow the 'Firework Code.' This includes keeping fireworks in a closed box and using them one at a time, never returning to a firework once it has been lit, not put fireworks in pockets and never using paraffin or petrol on a bonfire.
Dorset Police will also be cracking down on any anti-social behaviour as fireworks can be very dangerous if not cared for correctly.
Chief Inspector Paul Kessell said: "We want to make sure that everyone celebrating Bonfire Night has an enjoyable and safe time.
"Anyone acting anti-socially with fireworks not only puts themselves and others at risk of physical harm, they also risk arrest and prosecution if their behaviour amounts to a criminal offence.
"Misuse of fireworks can leave some members of our communities feeling scared, intimidated and distressed."