Fire safety at Halloween
Halloween can be great fun but with fireworks and bonfires, it can also be dangerous, especially for children.
Each year, Accident and Emergency departments are filled with children with painful injuries as a result of the misuse of fireworks and bonfires. The Fire Brigade want you to enjoy Halloween safely.
Tips for a Safe Halloween:
- If you see material such as pallets, tyres and old furniture being hoarded in advance of Halloween please contact your local authority
- 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 extremely dangerous if set on fire
- Do not facilitate illegal bonfires or firework displays on or near your home or property
- Contact the Local Authority if you see a bonfire being built or lit close to buildings, trees, overhead cables, underground services or car parking areas
- 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 can cause permanent injuries and scars
- Make sure that all costumes worn as fancy dress are CE marked as fire retardant
- Don't wear fancy dress near bonfires
- Use LED candles instead of regular candles, where possible
- Stay with your children and escort them on “trick or treat” visits and to parties and events
- Keep dangerous substances such as oil, petrol and diesel away from fires or fireworks
- Do not light fires using petrol
- Parents, businesses and householders, do not provide any materials for bonfires
- Do not buy, use or supply fireworks
- Respect the work of the Emergency Services, Council staff and An Garda Síochána
- Keep pets indoors on Halloween night
- Above All – Be Safe and Stay Safe
Dublin Fire Brigade Halloween Safety Campaign
Every Halloween the Lord Mayor of Dublin launches Dublin Fire Brigade’s Halloween Safety Campaign. This campaign is run in conjunction with Dublin Bus, An Garda Síochána and the DSPCA. It is aimed at educating children on the dangers of illegal bonfires and fireworks.
Dublin Fire Brigade are asking Dubliners, young and old alike, to do everything they can to "Be Safe – Stay Safe" this Halloween to ensure that everyone can enjoy the Halloween celebrations in a safe environment. A Halloween Safety Pack containing leaflets and posters will been sent to all primary schools in Dublin. There is also a safety DVD made by Dublin Fire Brigade available for viewing at the below address.
Halloween is about dressing up, trick-or-treating and having fun with your family and friends, nobody wants to end their night with a trip to the hospital. Fireworks and bonfires are dangerous and should never be played with, so this Halloween Be Safe Stay Safe.
In conjunction with DFB’s Halloween Safety Campaign, Dublin City Council will be promoting over the coming weeks a safe and enjoyable Halloween for all the citizens of Dublin with the emphasis this year on illegal bonfires. The holding of bonfires presents a significant health and safety risk and can lead to serious injury. In addition the costs associated with damage to private and public property as a result of bonfires can run to thousands of Euro.
DCC are asking citizens to assist us in this regard by reporting any issues regarding the storage or distribution of bonfire material to their Litter Hotline on 1800 251 500 (office hours) or online at www.dublincity.ie. The City Council also supports the EPA's 24 hour National Environmental Complaints Line at 1850 365 121 which will be dealt with by the City Council.