Fire Services across the north of England are warning that Bonfire Night is going to be very different and possibly more dangerous this year.
Due to government restrictions on gatherings to control the spread of the coronavirus, official firework displays have been cancelled. Fire Services are concerned that there will be more back garden bonfires and amateur displays instead.
Garden bonfires can get out of control and spread to nearby homes. The use of fireworks by non-professionals can lead to accidents and injuries.
The advice to residents is not to have garden bonfires this year.
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Area Manager for Fire Prevention Scott Donegan said: “We are very conscious of the potential dangers associated with people taking to their gardens to host their own bonfire.
“Handling fireworks is best left to the professionals and with public events cancelled, our plea to residents this year is to not risk being injured or having to call on the emergency services or NHS at a time when they are so desperately needed in the collective fight against coronavirus.
“Having a bonfire at home carries the risk not only of personal injury but also of a fire spreading to your or your neighbours’ home which would be devastating for people to contend with at this time alongside the pressures that coronavirus is already bringing to our doors.
“The Fire Service is not trying to ruin anyone’s fun and we are also downhearted not to see people being able to enjoy themselves as they usually would but we must pull together, observe the coronavirus restrictions on gatherings across West Yorkshire, and find a way to celebrate Bonfire Night without the involvement of fire or fireworks this year.”