A HARD-HITTING poster campaign designed by a young Harrogate woman and aimed at cutting hoax calls to the fire service has been launched.
Katherine Edmond, 18, who attends the county council-run Trax by Night in Harrogate, created the slogan: “While you’re lying, someone is dying! Arson and hoax calls kill”, along with the concept of a mobile phone on fire.
The competition to design the poster was organised by North Yorkshire County Council’s 4Youth Service, with support from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Safer Communities Partnership.
With the help of an artist from NYCC Connecting Youth Culture, Katherine’s ideas were turned into a professional poster that will be displayed across the district in youth and community centres and other public places.
Area youth worker Jo Webster said: “All the agencies involved with the competition are really pleased with the poster.
“We hope it will get the message across clearly that arson and hoax calls are both serious issues that can affect individual lives - as well as communities - in a devastating way.”
If you would like a copy of the poster for display, email firstname.lastname@example.org
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue has also published advice on how to keep safe during bonfire night.
A spokesman said: “Bonfire night is traditionally a time for friends and family to get together and enjoy the celebrations.
“We want people to enjoy this year’s bonfire night celebrations safely, and would urge people to go along to an organised event.”
Its common sense rules are:
l Only buy fireworks from a legitimate retailer
l Check the fireworks you buy are suitable for the size of the garden and conform to British Standards (BS 7114)
l Alcohol and fireworks don’t mix
l Light fireworks at arm’s length with a taper
l Stand well back and keep others back
l Never go back to a lit firework
l Never play with fireworks or put fireworks in your pocket
l Always supervise children around fireworks
l Keep pets indoors
l Sparklers can cause serious injury to children if not handled correctly
For more information, go to: www.northyorksfire.gov.uk