Friday 19 January 2018

Council to seize bonfire material before Halloween

Fireman Stephen O'Neill with Clonburris NS pupil Sadhbh Breen
Fireman Stephen O'Neill with Clonburris NS pupil Sadhbh Breen

Dozens of raids will be carried out to ensure a safe Halloween in Dublin.

Removing stockpiled bonfire materials forms part of the city council's Halloween Response Programme.

It has also organised a range of safe family events which it is encouraging the public to attend.

Lord Mayor Criona Ni Dhalaigh yesterday launched Be Safe, Be Seen, a plan to make young people aware of the dangers of bonfires and illegal fireworks.

Dublin Fire Brigade, Dublin Bus, An Garda Siochana and the DSCPA hosted the event to reinforce their appeal for common sense at this time of year.

"Halloween night is one of the busiest nights of the year for Dublin Fire Brigade," said Chief Fire Officer Pat Fleming.

"I would advise people to exercise common sense. Adults in particular are requested to keep a watchful eye on the very young, the very old, and vulnerable members of our society.

"I would call on all parents to remind their children that firefighters and other emergency service personnel are there to protect them and their property and ensure the safety of the public. It is a fun night and should be enjoyed by all.

"Keep children away from bonfires, keep bonfires away from buildings, keep away from illegal fireworks, keep it organised, keep it fun and, most of all, keep it safe."

One of the main warnings is that wind can carry sparks and embers long distances and have the potential to seriously harm.

The council is asking for the public to report any stockpiled material through its litter hotline on 1800 251 500 or through the link on its website.

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