Residents across Cumbria are being urged to "think twice" about holding a firework display this year.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging Cumbrian residents to think carefully before using fireworks this year, as November 5 fast approaches.

The fire service is asking that residents plan and prepare as much as possible, if anyone does choose to hold a private fireworks display.

It is being stressed that all gatherings in Cumbria, for a fireworks display or for any other reason, must be held in line with the current Covid-19 rules, which are different in certain parts of Cumbria.

Across Cumbria it is against the law to have more than six people from different households to gather. in either a home or garden setting.

In addition, in the Barrow Borough Council area it is against the law for anyone to meet other people inside their home. Groups of up to six are still permitted in gardens.

Chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) prevention committee, Neil Odin has shared his concerns over home displays, which could see a rise in the number of incidents and accidents and place pressure on the UK’s Fire and Rescue Services and the NHS.

Between 2014 and19 there were more than 1,000 severe burn injuries involving fireworks in England and Wales, with 38 per cent of these being sustained by young people under 15 years of age.

The majority - 67 per cent - were sustained by males.

Head of prevention for the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, Will Richardson said: “We want everyone to enjoy the bonfire season responsibly and encourage multiple families not to host their own bonfires or events.

"Garden bonfires can easily get out of control.

“Not only do these pose a serious risk to yourself, your family and the public, but they also take our crews away from other potentially life-threatening incidents.

"A great deal of work goes into preparing communities for the bonfire period, in order to clear any potential fuel for deliberate fire setting.”

Together with the Environment Agency, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to ensure they are burning the correct materials and waste on their bonfire, to prevent impacts to the Environment and Human Health.

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Visit Cumbria County Council's website for further safety advice.

Alternatively, contact the nearest fire station