Keep everyone safe this bonfire night

Firefighters (l-r) James Dalton, Andi Laird and Grant Gaffney with Noble Primary pupils Katie Colbourne and Harry Elder during a talk on bonfire safety at the school.

Firefighters (l-r) James Dalton, Andi Laird and Grant Gaffney with Noble Primary pupils Katie Colbourne and Harry Elder during a talk on bonfire safety at the school.

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North Lanarkshire Council, Scottish Fire and Rescue and Police Scotland want people to be safe as they enjoy the fireworks this bonfire night.

The council runs a free display at Strathclyde Country Park on Tuesday with a Commonwealth Games theme.

The funfair opens at 6pm, with entertainment and live music provided by Real Radio, including Britain’s Got Talent winner Jai McDowall, from 6.30pm. The bonfire will be lit at 7.30pm and fireworks start at 8pm.

Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Councillor Helen McKenna, convener of the environmental services committee, said: “Our event is professionally organised so that everyone enjoys a spectacular display with no worries about handling fireworks.

“Every year a number of people are hurt by fireworks they buy themselves, so to avoid this danger we’re encouraging everyone to come along to an organised display.”

Superintendent Andy McKay, of Police Scotland, said: “Police Scotland wants to keep people safe and recommends that you attend an organised firework event – these give the best displays in a safe and controlled environment.”

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service area manager John Miller says: “Fire crews in Scotland are up to four times busier during the period leading up to bonfire night.

“We urge people to attend an organised event and assist Scottish Fire and Rescue Service in their fight against fire.”

The council’s Trading Standards Service is carrying out test purchasing to ensure fireworks are not sold to under 18s and that traders store and sell fireworks safely.

To report an unofficial bonfire site, call Northline on 01698 403110.