Bonfire warning after rise in incidents

Bonfire warning after rise in incidents

People are being warned about the dangers of building and attending bonfires, after last year saw the number of related incidents attended by fire crews almost double on the previous year.

Bonfires are usually built weeks in advance of being lit on the Eleventh Night.The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service had noted a downward trend in call-outs to bonfires from 6pm on 11 July to 8am on 12 July in previous years.But the figure jumped to 54 last July - up from 29 in 2012.Firefighters are not out to spoil anyone's fun - their job is to protect life and property from the dangers of fire.NIFRSAssistant Chief Fire Officer Dale Ashford warned that bonfires must be built at a safe distance from homes and without hazardous materials like tyres or petrol which creates explosive vapours."Bonfires can easily get out of control if they are not built safely and properly supervised and, in recent weeks and months, we have been working hard with local communities and other statutory agencies to provide our bonfire safety advice," he said."I also want to remind people attending bonfires that, if you see your local firefighters, it's because someone in that area is concerned and has contacted us for help."I'm asking the local community for their support to ensure that firefighters are able to carry out their job without fear of attack or harassment."We are urging people to act responsibly & stay safe when building or attending bonfires. Find our safety advice on http://t.co/CGG65yFn6d— NIFRS (@NIFRSOFFICIAL) June 30, 2014

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