With less than a fortnight to go until Bonfire Night, the MSP for Angus South, Graeme Dey, wants local folk to stay safe by attending an authorised public display.
Fire crews across Scotland are up to four times busier on November 5 than on any other night of the year.
However, he is backing a new public safety message launched by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service which is urging residents not to build their own bonfires.
“Happily, there has been a great deal of success over the years in reducing the number of unofficial bonfires in Angus,” said Mr Dey.
“It is important that this trend continues to ensure the valuable resources of the fire service are not being wasted which can, in the worst cases, cause a critical delay in attending a real life-threatening call.
“It is much safer to attend an organised public display but unfortunately some neighbourhoods will still be subjected to deliberate fire setting and irresponsible use of fireworks on the night.”