It may seem premature to worry about fireworks when the epicentre of their impact is many months away.

But both the council and the Scottish Government should be doing exactly that if they want to avoid another night of carnage on the streets of Glasgow this coming November.

Every year it seems that the chaos and threat to life gets worse as unruly mobs bent on disorder and intimidation get their hands on dangerous pyrotechnics.

It places everyone at risk, but none more so than our emergency service workers who are tasked with facing down these groups, many of whom have no qualms about aiming missiles and fireworks at those brave men and women.

I’m glad to see the local authority in Glasgow is moving forward with plans for Firework Control Zones (FCZs), which will be crucial in tackling this anti-social behaviour.

The Scottish Government actually legislated for these last year but didn’t leave enough time for councils to get them up and running.

A period of four months is required to do all the necessary consultation and planning, and for these to have the maximum impact when they are eventually agreed.

By getting to work now, the zones can be approved in plenty of time for November 5 and the troublesome days surrounding it – a period which seems to get longer every year.

What’s less impressive is the Scottish Government’s recent announcement that it would delay other measures designed to improve safety, specifically licensing laws which ought to ensure only those who can be trusted with certain types of fireworks are able to buy them.

That won’t now be in place until at least 2026, and the SNP’s attempt to blame the UK Government for this hold-up is both lamentable and ludicrous.

Glaswegians know well the miserable impact fireworks can have when deployed irresponsibly.

Their impact plagues residential areas the city over, making people too scared to leave their homes and retail workers terrified about what’s coming next.

In recent years, the damage they’ve caused to frontline emergency workers has moved from basic risk to, in some cases, hospitalisation.

It doesn’t take a great leap to suggest one of these people could be killed if things continue unchecked.

We should also note that parents of children with conditions such as autism can have a challenging couple of weeks as unpredictable bangs and flashes deluge their streets.

I’ve even spoken to people living with PTSD, especially those with a military background, for whom November is unbearable.

Anyone with pets also sees how much worse things have become in recent years.

It makes walking a dog impossible, and even indoors they can be scared witless for nights on end because of the reckless racket.

So these FCZs will be welcome. It means it will be strictly illegal to set off fireworks – outside of official displays – in any designated place, even in back gardens.

Anyone who flouts these new laws could be jailed or slapped with a hefty fine.

The measures may not be universally popular; some people take great pleasure from firework displays.

For them, official events will still go ahead under safe and reasonable conditions, which is exactly how it should be.

For everyone else, hard work now will help ensure a safe and civilised November 5 for the first time in a long, long while.