THE countdown to Bonfire Night is under way.
A taskforce has been set up aimed at highlighting the dangers of bonfires and fireworks.
The Kirklees Safer Bonfires Partnership is giving advice to residents on how to have a safe November 5.
Kirklees Council, West Yorkshire Trading Standards, the Health and Safety Executive, police and the fire service are going into schools to give talks on the dangers.
Firework retailers could receive inspections over the coming weeks to cut down on the number of dangerous fireworks being sold.
They’re warning shoppers to only buy fireworks marked with the British Standard Kitemark BS7114.
Clr Jean Calvert, Kirklees joint cabinet member for communities, said: “Bonfire Night celebrations can be a great success, but for some the event can end in injury, or even worse.
“The Safer Bonfire Campaign is something we see as a priority year on year. Services work effectively together to reduce harm that could be caused by fireworks and unsafe bonfires.
“A significant number of accidents are caused by people behaving irresponsibly with fireworks and through our successful partnership we are able to identify those at risk.
“If we can save just one life and prevent one family from going through the trauma, then it has been worth it.”
Nick Stenhouse, Kirklees fire prevention team leader from West Yorkshire Fire Service, urged people to attend organised firework displays.