With the start of fireworks season upon us, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is urging members of the public to “Stay Local”.
It wants people to support locally organised fireworks celebrations rather than setting off fireworks or having bonfires in their own gardens.
It’s the third year the Service has run its “Stay Local” campaign, which also aims to help reduce the number of cars on the move on longer journeys late at night during the bonfire season.
The seasonal celebrations begin in Uckfield on 7th September and continue throughout October and November.
David Kemp, head of Community Safety from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said:
“Many people already recognised that fireworks can be dangerous but sadly the number of injuries remain high, with around four and a half thousand admissions to Accident and Emergency in the UK each year. Burns, eye injuries and hearing loss can be life changing.
We are fortunate in East Sussex that we have a large number of organised events which we can go to see and we urge you to do just that instead of having your own displays.”
Andrew Gausden, Business Safety Department Manager from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said:
“Organisers of fireworks displays submit their event plans to local authorities and we then help ensure they have the appropriate measures in place to have a safe event.
We do of course recognise that there will be people who want to have their own fireworks in gardens – please make sure you only buy from reputable retailers.
As for those retailers who are storing and selling fireworks, please remember to follow the law. Storing fireworks does not in itself increase the risk of an outbreak of fire but obviously it can mean any fire which does break out can spread more rapidly and be more intense.”
We've collated information about events which can be found here, with the first event taking place on 7 September: https://www.esfrs.org/contact-us/stay-local/