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Firefighters are making their annual appeal to take care around bonfires during what is expected to a busy bonfire period for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service.

And they are warning of the dangers of the misuse of fireworks in a bonfire period that runs this year until Thursday November 7th.

A spokesman said: "Most injuries throughout this period occur as a result of people building their own bonfires and setting off their own fireworks."

"The message from firefighters to Cheshire residents is clear — go to an official display, which is much safer and always better value for money."

Terry McDermott, the Service's Head of Service Delivery said: "Fireworks are extremely dangerous, it is all too easy for something that seems like a funny prank to end in tragedy. This is not about us stopping people having fun — this is about us trying to keep people and property safe from the potentially devastating impact of fire."

Over the bonfire period smaller fire engines, known as Targeted Response Vehicles (TRVs), will be monitoring high risk areas to enable a quick response to small nuisance bonfires and act as a deterrent.

Anyone wishing to report more serious cases of arson should call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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