Fire Service urges caution as Halloween approaches

October 25, 2011

As Halloween approaches, the Fire Service is appealing to the public to exercise caution and follow the fireworks code to ensure safety.

Last year more than half of the Fire Service’s total callouts over Halloween were in the Southern Command area, encompassing counties Armagh and Down.  The 116 mobilised incidents in this area amounted to more than the other three areas of Northern, Eastern and Western Commands combined.

Last Halloween (31st October 2010), NIFRS received 277 calls and attended 222 incidents – an increase of 12.1% from the number of incidents attended on Halloween 2009, which was the lowest number of incidents attended on Halloween night in the recent years.

Peter Craig, Chief Fire Officer, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service said; “Halloween continues to be a very busy night for our Firefighters across Northern Ireland. We want everyone to enjoy themselves this Halloween but to do so safely and responsibly.

“I am appealing to young people, parents and community leaders to always follow the Fireworks Code and ensure that Fireworks and sparklers are used safely and in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Think safety first and plan any Firework display in advance to make it both safe and enjoyable.”