Top Tips for a Safe Halloween

Halloween is one of the busiest nights of the year for Dublin Fire, Emergency Ambulance and Rescue Service and we are conscious of the demands that will be made upon the service.  Last year our control centre processed over 800 calls between 16.00 hrs (31st Oct) to 08.00 hrs (1st Nov).  The majority of calls related to bonfires, fireworks, a number of car fires and a small number of domestic fires. Throughout the night Dublin Fire Brigade Emergency Ambulance Service also responded to a large number of calls. 

Top tips for a safe Halloween:

  • If you see material such as pallets, tyres and old furniture being hoarded in advance of Halloween please email waste.management@dublincity.ie or call the Dublin City Council’s Litter Hotline on 1800 251 500. Alternatively, you can visit www.dublincity247.ie and click on the link ‘Report Stockpiling of Bonfire Material’.
  • Go along to one of the City Council’s organised events – find details of organised events here: www.dublincity.ie/halloween
  • Do not leave material lying around that may be taken for a bonfire.  Many garage or garden shed items such as petrol, white spirits, diesel, aerosols, batteries, tins of paint, bottles and tyres are especially dangerous if set on fire.  
  • Explain the dangers of illegal fireworks and bonfires to children and teenagers.
  • Stay a safe distance from bonfires and fireworks – wind can carry sparks long distances and cause permanent injuries and scars.
  • Stay with your children and escort them on ‘trick-or-treat’ visits, parties and events.
  • Keep dangerous substances such as oil, petrol and diesel away from fires or fireworks
  • Do not buy, use or supply fireworks.
  • Respect the Emergency Services, Council staff and the Gardaí in doing their jobs
  • Keep pets indoors on Halloween night
  • Above all it is a fun night and should be enjoyed by all.  Be safe – Stay safe.

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