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As bonfire night approaches, Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards and Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service are asking residents to think safety first.

Councillor Andy Crump, Portfolio Holder for Fire and Rescue and Community Safety at Warwickshire County Council said: “Bonfire night is one of the busiest nights of the year for Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service and our other emergency services, dealing with small fires and firework related incidents. Unfortunately, a number of these happen at back garden firework displays and are the result of people misusing fireworks, not following the firework code or lighting fireworks when under the influence of alcohol.”

“Whether you choose to visit an organised display or private firework party this year, please follow our advice so that everyone can stay safe.”

Members of the public intending to visit an organised event should make sure that it is COVID safe and that they abide by any national, local or event-specific COVID-19 safety advice. Visitors should stay home if they feel unwell or have symptoms of COVID-19.

Pets and livestock can also be very frightened by fireworks, please be considerate and do that all that you can not to cause distress: