WITH bonfire night approaching Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service and Gloucestershire County Council are reminding people to stay safe.

The capture of Guy Fawkes more than 400 years ago is celebrated with firework displays every year but GCC are warning people to be aware of the dangers.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Geoff Sallis said it was important to remember that fireworks are dangerous items that must be handled with care.

He said: “It is easy to forget the issue of safety when caught up in the annual celebrations and many find it tempting to enjoy a drink with family and friends whilst watching the fireworks.

“We urge the public to avoid alcohol to protect themselves, and others around them.”

GCC’s Trading Standards Service is responsible for legislation controlling the sale and safety of fireworks and registers retailers.

Eddie Coventry, Head of Trading Standards, said: “If you are putting on your own firework display for friends and family, please ensure that you read the advice given by Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service - it could make the difference between a successful event and a tragedy.”

For more information contact the Community Safety Team on 01452 753333 or visit glosfire.gov.uk