Fire Service in Halloween safety appeal

Published Monday, 29 October 2012
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Although Northern Ireland's firefighters attended the lowest number of incidents in over 20 years last year, they are continuing to appeal to the public to put their safety first this Halloween.

Fire Service in Halloween safety appeal
People enjoy fireworks displays to celebrate Halloween (© Pacemaker)

The Fire Service dealt with 145 incidents on 31 October 2011 compared to 410 incidents five years ago in 2007.

The majority of incidents attended by crews last year were to deal with fires involving rubbish, tyres and out of control bonfires.

Kevin O'Neill, Group Commander, said while they welcomed the reduction, there is no room for complacency.

"We want to see this downward trend continue."

The senior fire officer issued an appeal to young people, parents and community leaders to think safety first and plan any firework display properly.

"We want everyone to enjoy themselves this Halloween but to do so safely and responsibly. Remember Firefighters are not out to spoil anyone's fun and Fire Crews in your area are there to protect life, protect property and keep you safe."

Mr O' Neill continued, "Last year's 41% reduction in the number of people attending Emergency Departments across Northern Ireland with firework-related injuries was the lowest figure since records began and this is extremely encouraging.

"However we want to reach a time in Northern Ireland when there are no firework-related injuries and we continue to work with our partner agencies in health, police and justice to raise awareness about the dangers of fireworks."

Meanwhile, thousands got into the Hallowe'en 'spirit' in Belfast on Sunday afternoon at the Metro Monster Mash.

Live fire shows, magicians, dance performances and a fireworks display were just some of the entertainment provided at the Odyssey carpark for all the family.

Special free ghost buses were laid on around the city by Translink to get the fancy dressed audience to the venue.

© UTV News
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