Register bonfires to boost safety

Anyone organising a bonfire this year is urged to register their event

Anyone organising a bonfire this year is urged to register their event

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Anyone organising a bonfire this year is urged to register their event to help avoid injuries and reduce the risk of ‘nuisance’ fires.

The annual bonfire registration scheme, launched by Burnley’s Community Safety Partners, is aimed at people and organisations holding fires across the borough in the run-up to and on Bonfire Night on November 5th.

The registration scheme has been running for several years and has been successful in cutting the number of call-outs by the fire service to “nuisance” fires during its busiest time of the year.

Anyone organising a bonfire is encouraged to register their event and, in return, they will get professional support to help make sure the event runs safely and no-one is injured.

Fires must be registered by 5pm on Friday 31st October. Any unregistered bonfires built on public land face being cleared.

Burnley Community fire station manager Steve Morgan said: “By registering your bonfire we can help you to reduce the chance of an accident occurring or the fire spreading out of control.

“Our advice is free and the fewer bonfires we are called to via the 999 network, the quicker our appliances are able to arrive at serious fires or accidents. A fire engine can only be in one place at a time.”

The council’s executive member for community services, Councillor Tony Harrison, said: “The bonfire registration scheme has made a positive impact in reducing the number of nuisance fires that often are simply youngsters piling up whatever they can get hold of and setting it alight.

“The registration scheme also helps reduce the risk of people being injured by giving them professional advice on the potential dangers of holding a bonfire and how to avoid them.”

Calico is also supporting the scheme by working with its residents to ensure fires are registered.

Posters and leaflets are being distributed to promote the scheme and provide information. Details are also available by visiting www.burnley.gov.uk/bonfire where you can also register your bonfire.

Burnley Council is also holding a community bonfire and firework display at Towneley Park on Wednesday 5th November. Tickets are available from Contact Burnley, Mechanics, Towneley Hall and St Peter’s and Padiham Leisure Centres.