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Multi-agency approach to Halloween safety advice

October 26, 2015

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service has joined forces with the PSNI and the Environment Agency to encourage the public to exercise caution to keep themselves and their loved ones safe this Halloween.
Urging the public to ensure all bonfires are safely controlled, people are also being reminded of the importance of safety when using fireworks.
Alan Walmsley, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service said – “Last Halloween night (2014) Firefighters attended 102 incidents across Northern Ireland.  We want everyone in the community to enjoy themselves this Halloween but to do so safely and responsibly. Bonfires, Fireworks and Sparklers can be dangerous and without proper supervision they can cause serious injury. We would appeal to the public, parents, young people and community leaders to always follow the Firework Code and ensure that fireworks and sparklers are used safely and in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure children are always supervised around fireworks and sparklers.  Remember, if Firefighters are called out to a Bonfire during Halloween it’s because somebody in that area is worried or concerned about it. Firefighters are not out to spoil anyone’s fun and are there to protect life, protect property and work tirelessly to keep you and your community safe.”
Urging bonfire safety, Newry, Mourne and Down District Commander, Superintendent Simon Walls said: “We are firmly committed to working with our partner agencies, NIEA and NIFRS, and local communities to address any issues related to bonfires as we all have a duty of care to ensure the safety of those involved with or affected by bonfires. We will fully investigate any complaints in relation to breach of the peace, or any allegations of anti-social behaviour or disorder in relation to bonfires.”
Speaking about the environmental impact of burning tyres, an NIEA spokesperson added: “Burning tyres give off toxic smoke which causes harm both to the environment and to members of the community.  Whilst we don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun this Halloween we do want to ensure people understand the serious damage burning tyres and other toxic materials can have on the environment. We would urge everyone to behave responsibly in terms of their own health and safety and the protection of our precious environment.”

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service has joined forces with the PSNI and the Environment Agency to encourage the public to exercise caution to keep themselves and their loved ones safe this Halloween.Urging the public to ensure all bonfires are safely controlled, people are also being reminded of the importance of safety when using fireworks.Alan Walmsley, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service said – “Last Halloween night (2014) Firefighters attended 102 incidents across Northern Ireland.  We want everyone in the community to enjoy themselves this Halloween but to do so safely and responsibly. Bonfires, Fireworks and Sparklers can be dangerous and without proper supervision they can cause serious injury. We would appeal to the public, parents, young people and community leaders to always follow the Firework Code and ensure that fireworks and sparklers are used safely and in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure children are always supervised around fireworks and sparklers.  Remember, if Firefighters are called out to a Bonfire during Halloween it’s because somebody in that area is worried or concerned about it. Firefighters are not out to spoil anyone’s fun and are there to protect life, protect property and work tirelessly to keep you and your community safe.”Urging bonfire safety, Newry, Mourne and Down District Commander, Superintendent Simon Walls said: “We are firmly committed to working with our partner agencies, NIEA and NIFRS, and local communities to address any issues related to bonfires as we all have a duty of care to ensure the safety of those involved with or affected by bonfires. We will fully investigate any complaints in relation to breach of the peace, or any allegations of anti-social behaviour or disorder in relation to bonfires.”Speaking about the environmental impact of burning tyres, an NIEA spokesperson added: “Burning tyres give off toxic smoke which causes harm both to the environment and to members of the community.  Whilst we don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun this Halloween we do want to ensure people understand the serious damage burning tyres and other toxic materials can have on the environment. We would urge everyone to behave responsibly in terms of their own health and safety and the protection of our precious environment.”

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