|Figures Show Dramatic Drop in Local Bonfire Night Blazes|
But Fire Brigade offer safety tips and warn against complacency
London Fire Brigade say fires in Hammersmith and Fulham over the period of Hallowe'en and Bonfire Night have seen a dramatic drop - but warn that people still need to care around fireworks.
In fact, fires in Hammersmith and Fulham over the period of Halloween and Bonfire Night have dropped by 43 per cent over the last five years, according to new figures from London Fire Brigade.
Last year’s November 5 was the quietest on record for the capital’s firefighters with 154 fires attended - or a fire in London every 10 minutes. In 2006, fire crews attended around one fire every three minutes on Bonfire Night.
The figures show that:
Despite the downward trend, fire chiefs are urging people not to be complacent and use common sense over the bonfire night weekend.
Steve Lumb, the Brigade’s Borough Commander for Hammersmith and Fulham, says: " We’ve seen a dramatic drop in fires over Halloween, Bonfire Night and Diwali in Hammersmith and Fulham but it is still shocking that across London we were called to one fire every 10 minutes on bonfire night last year.
" Many of the Bonfire Night fires we see can be easily prevented so we want people to use some common sense in a bid to reduce the number of fires."
The Brigade’s top three Bonfire Night tips are:
If you are planning on holding your own firework display you should:
Tickets are available for this year's local fireworks displays, taking place in Bishops Park in Fulham on November 2 and Hammersmith's Ravenscourt Park on November 3.
Residents are reminded to arrive at the parks early, as there will be no admittance after the displays start. There will also be no admittance to any vendors, and it is prohibited to bring your own fireworks, sparklers, alcohol or dogs to the event.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at a reduced price of £5 per person via the Lyric Theatre or on 020 8741 6850.
Advance booking closes 5.30pm, Friday November 2, and tickete will then be available on the gate for £7.
Under fives will be admitted free.
October 31, 2012