Halloween Safety Appeal – a Night for Treats not Tragedies

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Thursday, October 30th, 2014
Last Halloween night (31st October 2013) Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) received 166 calls and attended 124 incidents across Northern Ireland. This is the lowest figure recorded for 31st October and represents a decrease of 7% on incidents attended during Halloween 2012. NIFRS would like to see this trend continue and is appealing for everyone, young and old, to enjoy Halloween responsibly by putting safety first and by following the Fireworks Code to ensure it’s a night for treat not tragedies. Dale Ashford, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Community Protection, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) explained, “Halloween night traditionally is one of the busiest nights of the year for NIFRS but I am pleased to report we have made significant progress over the last number of years in reducing the number of incidents we attend at Halloween. “Indeed, last year for the second year in a row, we saw the lowest number of incidents attended since 1989 and we welcome this reduction, but there is no room for complacency. We want to see this downward trend continue. “We want everyone in the community to enjoy themselves this Halloween but to do so safely and responsibly. Fireworks and sparklers can be dangerous and without proper supervision they can cause serious injury. “We would appeal to the public, parents, young people and community leaders to always follow the Firework Code and ensure that fireworks and sparklers are used safely and in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Plan any firework display in advance to make it both safe and enjoyable. He added, “Remember, if Firefighters are called out to a fire during Halloween it’s because somebody in that area is worried or concerned. Firefighters are not out to spoil anyone’s fun and are there to protect life, protect property and work tirelessly to keep you and your community safe. “Halloween should be a time of enjoyment and fun for everyone and by following a few basic safety rules and by always putting safety first, it can be.”
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