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Scotland’s leading authorities have launched a new campaign to raise awareness of the devastating impact that fireworks can have on people and animals.

The group, which includes the Scottish Government, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, NHS Scotland, the Scottish SPCA and many more have joined forces for the third year running to deliver one clear message to everyone in Scotland – please consider #FireworkSafety.

Head of innovation and strategic relations, Gilly Mendes Ferreira, said, “We always ask that that the public enjoy fireworks responsibly and be mindful of the negative effect their misuse can have on people and animals.

“Instead of buying fireworks you can ‘get more bang for your buck’ by donating what you would usually spend and attending an official public display.

“Not only are organised events less expensive but they allow for those with animals to plan their evening around the time of the fireworks and put measures in place to safeguard their animals. Organised events are also better for the environment and much safer.”

This year the group invited all primary and secondary schools to take part in a national competition to raise awareness of how to #BeSafeBeKindBeSmart when it comes to the use of fireworks in their local community.

Read the full article by downloading the Scottish Community Safety Network newsletter in PDF form.

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