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Dorset Emergency Services Ready for Bonfire Weekend

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7:54am 2nd November 2012

Police will be stepping up patrols in Dorset over Bonfire Night.

Fire crews will also be out educating us on how to stay safe and enjoy the celebrations.

Head of Prevention at Dorset Fire and Rescue, Linzi Holt said: "Bonfire Night is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate with your local community, but we want to make sure that the public are kept safe and feel safe. We are urging anyone who is using fireworks or having a bonfire to consider the potential fire risks."

She added: "There are a few simple things that can be done to reduce these risks, always follow the instructions on each firework and light them at arms length, using a taper and ensure that bonfires and fireworks are away from sheds, fences and other flammable materials. But attending an organised firework event is the safest way to have fun."

Chief Inspector Paul Kessell said: "We want to make sure that everyone celebrating Bonfire Night has an enjoyable, and safe, time. Anyone acting anti-socially with fireworks not only puts themselves and others at risk of physical harm, they also risk arrest and prosecution if their behaviour amounts to a criminal offence. Misuse of fireworks can leave some members of our communities feeling scared, intimidated and distressed.

He added: "It is an offence for anyone under the age of 18 to buy fireworks, or to have them in their possession in a public place. Retailers will be liable to prosecution if they are found selling fireworks to anyone under the age of 18.

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