21/10/2013

Dublin Fire Brigade To Launch Halloween Safety Campaign

Dublin Fire Brigade will launch its Halloween safety campaign, 'Be Safe – Stay Safe', on Tuesday with an event at St. Brigid’s Senior Girls National School, Wellmount Ave., Finglas West.

Run in conjunction with Dublin Bus, An Garda Siochána and the DSPCA, the campaign aims to warn children and young people of the dangers of illegal bonfires and fireworks.

The campaign is part of Dublin City Council’s Halloween Response Programme, which includes a city-wide programme of family-friendly community events and a preventative programme of removing stockpiled bonfire materials.

Dublin Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn said: "Bonfires and fireworks at Halloween are extremely dangerous and can cause a lot of injuries and damage. All bonfires are illegal and our message is: do not go to them and if you are aware of any material being stockpiled please report it to us in confidence.

It is understood that since 2009, calls to Dublin Fire Brigade on Halloween have fallen by almost a quarter.

"The council’s coordinated Halloween Response means that people have the opportunity to enjoy Halloween safely at one of the many Halloween Festivals we organise with local communities," Oisín Quinn added.

(MH/CD)

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