Fire-fighters warn young people of bonfire and firework dangers #DubSafeHalloween

Dublin Lord Mayor Christy Burke will launch Dublin Fire Brigade’s Halloween Safety Campaign, ‘Be Safe-Stay Safe’ at Scoil Chaoimhín, Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, on Thursday 16th October, 2014, at 11.00am.

Dublin Fire Brigade is liaising with Dublin Bus, An Garda Siochana and the DSPCA informing children and teenagers about 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 stockpiling bonfire materials.

The council will use #DubSafeHalloween to promote this on social media and is encouraging the public to use this hash tag when posting their own safe Halloween content.

Dublin Fire Brigade has sent a special Halloween Safety Pack with leaflets and posters to all primary schools in Dublin advising children how to act responsibly and avoid danger over the Halloween period. A fire safety DVD is also available to view at  bit.ly/firesafetydvd   along with other helpful tips for a safe Halloween for all.

“Evidence shows that young people are the most likely to be injured in incidents involving fireworks and bonfires over the Halloween period. Bonfires and fireworks are illegal, very dangerous and can have devastating consequences. Dublin City Council organises safe, family friendly events in communities all over the city and I would encourage everybody to go to these”, said Lord Mayor Christy Burke.

“There has been a downwards trend in the number of incidents responded to by Dublin Fire Brigade in recent years with 503 incidents on Halloween Night 2013 compared to 639 the previous year.  I would like to thank the public for their part in helping Dublin Fire Brigade make our Halloween Safety Campaign so successful by attending organised Halloween events and reporting the stockpiling of bonfire material” said Pat Fleming, Chief Fire Officer, Dublin Fire Brigade.

Details of local Halloween events will be available on www.dublincity.ie in the run up to Halloween.

ENDS

For further information contact:
Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170, M. 087 740 0277

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Notes to the Editor


503 incidents responded to by Dublin Fire Brigade on Halloween Night 2014
2009 - 871
2010 - 632
2011 - 720
2012 - 639

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