A FIREWORK amnesty has been launched by Greater Manchester Fire
and Rescue Service (GMFRS) to help keep people safe as Bonfire
The amnesty is part of the Treacle campaign - which was launched
earlier this week - and allows people wishing to dispose of
fireworks to do so safely, so that GMFRS can collect them.
The news comes as fireworks go on sale across the country ready
for Bonfire celebrations.
The Treacle campaign is designed to prevent, tackle and protect
against anti-social behaviour, criminal damage and reducing
incidents and injuries during the Hallowe'en and Bonfire
Assistant County Fire Officer and Director of Prevention, Peter
O'Reilly said: "As Bonfire Night approaches we want everyone to
enjoy it safely.
"It's hoped our fireworks amnesty will reassure people and help
avoid and drive down firework related accidents.
"By getting in touch with us on a freephone 0800 number, we will
come and collect any fireworks you are concerned or worried about
and dispose of them safely.
"Of course we would urge anyone who wants to celebrate to only
attend organised firework and bonfire displays, because that's the
safest way to enjoy festivities."
To find out more about Treacle and organised bonfires in your
area go to safe4autumn.com, where, if you're under 16, you have a
chance to win an ipad.
The number to call to arrange GMFRS to pick up fireworks as part
of the Treacle amnesty is 0800 555 815. Please
remember, 999 should only be used to report a genuine fire or other
Partner agencies involved in Treacle include Greater Manchester
Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS), Greater Manchester Police, ten
local authorities, Trading Standards, Transport for Greater
Manchester and the Health and Safety Executive.
Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan of Greater Manchester
Police said: "Halloween and Bonfire Night are nearly upon us -
occasions where traditionally whole families get together to enjoy
the fun and festivities.
"Unfortunately, not everyone respects the traditions of these
evenings and often we see people's fun being spoiled by the actions
of a few who commit acts of antisocial behaviour.
"I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the
need to behave responsibly and respect others at this time of year,
and to understand the consequences of irresponsible behaviour on
themselves and others.
"If behaviour gets out of hand and causes distress to anyone
then we will take firm action, and I would urge people to report
any antisocial behaviour to police as we treat all incidents
You can follow Treacle news on Twitter #Treacle2013.
To see what happens if you play with fireworks watch the GMFRS
onion bomb video http://www.youtube.com/user/GMFRSVideoChannel
To find more information about Treacle, and, if you're under 16
for your chance to win an ipad go to www.safe4autumn.com