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Joint campaign to highlight Bonfire Night safety 23 October 2007

Bonfire Night Safety Campaign launch 2007FIREFIGHTERS, Police and Office of Fair Trading staff are joining forces to launch a joint Bonfire Night Safety Campaign.

With just under two weeks to go before November 5, the emphasis is on staying safe.

Fire safety officers have accompanied OFT staff on checks on fireworks retailers. Meanwhile, Police will be targeting patrols at last year’s fireworks trouble hotspots.

Home Affairs Minister Martyn Quayle MHK said:

‘This launch of the joint Bonfire Night Safety Campaign is the result of many months of planning and co-operation between various DHA divisions and the OFT. The main aim is to target the groups most at risk of injury in the coming weeks and to encourage people to stay safe. We don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun but we do want to highlight the dangers of bonfires and fireworks.’

OFT Chairman Quintin Gill MHK commented:

‘The Office of Fair Trading has worked successfully with the Police and Fire Service for a number of years to ensure that problems with fireworks are kept to a minimum. The staff of the OFT take our licensing responsibilities very seriously and are pleased to acknowledge the support of the other agencies. I hope that this year’s Guy Fawkes Night safety campaign helps ensure another safe Bonfire Night for all Island residents.'

Proactive policing will see litter bins removed along Marine Drive for the duration of the fortnight-long safety campaign, following co-operation between Braddan Parish Commissioners and Eastern Neighbourhood Policing Team. The bins have been damaged in previous years by people using them to launch fireworks.

Safety advice on holding bonfires and using fireworks is available from the DHA or OFT on the following websites: www.gov.im/dha/ceo/fireworks.xml, www.gov.im/dha/fire and www.gov.im/oft/TradingStandards/safety/fireworks.xml.

Photo shows (left to right) John Peet and Mike Buss of the Office of Fair Trading with Home Affairs Minister Martyn Quayle MHK and OFT Chairman Quintin Gill MHK, Community Safety Officer Mike Radcliffe and Firefighter Carl Kinvig at the launch of the 2007 Bonfire Night Safety Campaign

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