Falkirk warned over festive firework danger

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is warning Falkirk residents of the dangers of using fireworks in private events over the festive period.

By James Trimble
Sunday, 27th December 2020, 11:02 am

Since COVID-19 has resulted in the cancellation of many public events, families and communities are reminded using fireworks in gardens and common areas can have devastating consequences.

SFRS warn improper use of fireworks can cause serious injuries, distress pets and neighbours and impact on the work of Scotland’s emergency services.

Deputy Assistant Chief Officer Alasdair Perry, head of SFRS prevention and protection, he said: “Since public events are unable to go ahead, we may see people hosting private events in their gardens to mark the festive season and perhaps New Year’s Eve.

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The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is warning residents to take care if they are holding their own fireworks parties this festive season

“However, we must warn communities fireworks are explosives at the end of the day, and if not used properly their use can cause life-changing injuries. I would urge

anyone considering purchasing fireworks to be well aware of both the dangers and the essential safety guidance.”

“If you are going to buy fireworks, then make sure it is from a reputable seller. Always follow the instructions carefully and follow our firework code. We want everyone

to bring in the new year safely, so please do not take any risks as we say goodbye to a difficult year for all of us."

The SFRS has created a Fireworks Code to help keep communities safe and the call has also been backed by the Scottish Government.

Community safety Minister Ash Denham said: “This Festive season is going to feel very different and at this usual time for celebration I urge everyone to follow the rules on meeting up with other households to help stop the spread of the virus.

“With large, organised Hogmanay firework displays cancelled this year, we know some people may consider using fireworks in their back gardens. If you do plan on using fireworks please do so responsibly and safely.

“If we all play our part we can ensure Hogmanay this year is safe and enjoyable for everyone.”

Visit www.firescotland.gov.uk/your-safety/fireworks-safety.aspx to view the fireworks code and find more information on how to stay safe around fireworks.