Warning ahead of bonfires

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Firefighters are gearing up for their busiest time of the year and urging the public to take extra care.

Last year across West Yorkshire there were 225 fires in the open which were started deliberately which was a drop from 261 fires the previous year.

The West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said it had undertaken a programme of education and safety initiative to further reduce call outs.

Ian Bitcon, Senior Fire Safety Officer, said: “Unfortunately, every year our crews deal with the reality of some individuals not taking bonfire night and fireworks seriously.

“To reduce the risks, we encourage residents to attend organised displays and bonfires.”

Anyone under 18 found in possession of fireworks, or seen to throw or discharge a firework, can be fined £80 on the spot.