THE fire service is asking people to give bonfire night a miss this year because of safety fears.

Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) has urged people in two counties to think twice about having firework celebrations this year, but to take extra caution if they do.

This year, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, organised firework displays have been cancelled and expect more people to let off fireworks at home instead.

Station commander Steve Andrews of the HWFRS community risk department said: "We would normally encourage people to go to an organised event but that isn't possible this year.

"We're suggesting people give it a miss this year but if you're holding your own bonfire parties and get-togethers, we want to remind you of some simple firework and bonfire safety tips to help avoid injury or any damage to your property.

"We want everyone to enjoy their firework celebrations safely and without causing inconvenience to others, so please remember these top tips for an enjoyable and accident-free evening."

In the last ten years, HWFRS has attended more than 250 incidents on Guy Fawkes Night on November 5.

These included nearly 80 fires, over 100 false alarms and over 40 non-fire incidents needing help.

The busiest stations for callouts were Wyre Forest, Worcester, Hereford, Bromsgrove and Redditch.

Among the tips from the fire service about fireworks safety, it has told people to only buy supplies from reputable outlets, not to drink alcohol if you're setting off fireworks and to always follow safety instructions on the box.