Every year almost 1,000 children and young people in the North of England are injured by fireworks, often resulting in permanent scarring or disfiguration. In 2008 Northumbria Police recorded almost 3,500 incidents of bonfire and fireworks related crime.
Our research shows that the most effective messages are those seen and heard in schools. From this section you can download resources developed by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and aimed at Key Stage 3 pupils.
Since 2004 Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) and Northumbria Police have been working in partnership to reduce firework related crime and anti-social behaviour and prevent these injuries. As in previous years we have trained representatives from TWFRS attending schools in specifically chosen areas to give short assembly talks to pupils emphasising consequences of illegal bonfires and fireworks misuse. For those schools we are unable to attend, we have made the materials and lesson plan which our staff will be working with available to download for anyone wishing to use them. We would also like to provide visual reinforcement of these messages in the form of campaign posters to display in schools. These will be delivered to all Primary and Secondary Schools in the Tyne and Wear area in the run up to Bonfire Night and can be downloaded from the links at the bottom of this page.
We anticipate both the half term week and the weekend closest to 5th November being particularly busy times for illegal bonfires and fireworks misuse and would recommend that materials be utilised close to these key times.
Please also take a look at our campaign materials for posters and a documentary video.
Bonfire Night Teacher Downloads