Fire brigade warns against putting on fireworks displays during Friday's strike
The fire brigade has urged people to cancel any plans they have for amateur fireworks displays on Friday night as firefighters plan a strike.
Firefighters are set to strike in a dispute over pensions from 6.30pm to 11pm on Friday as many people prepare for bonfire night and Diwali celebrations.
During that time London will be served by temporary firefighters and just 27 fire engines so London Fire Brigade has asked people to attend professional displays rather than organising their own at home.
London fire commissioner Ron Dobson said: "Fireworks cause serious fires each year and bonfires can quickly get out of control which is why we’re urging people to attend organised displays on Strike Friday.
"During the strike we will have a contingency fire and rescue service. Serious emergencies will be attended, but smaller incidents won’t so we are calling on the public not to put themselves at risk by lighting fireworks and bonfires."
The Fire Brigades Union is striking over a pension dispute with the Government and plans a further shut down on Monday, November 4. Last year's bonfire night was the quietest on record but firefighters still attended one fire every 12 minutes.
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