Lord Mayor Paul Mc Auliffe launched the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) Halloween Safety Campaign last week. The Campaign seeks to inform children and their parents of the dangers of illegal bonfires and fireworks. Halloween is the busiest night for firefighters each year. In 2018, DFB received over 900 calls on Halloween night. A fleet of 21 fire engines and 137 firefighters were deployed to deal with the large number of incidents. Over 300 ambulance calls were received the majority of which were due to Halloween-related injuries.
Speaking about the campaign the Lord Mayor said, “I join with Dublin Fire Brigade in appealing to people to stay safe this Halloween. I want to appeal to people to be responsible and not throw out old furniture for use in bonfires. The damage to green spaces and parks each year, because of bonfires, is long lasting. “
This campaign runs in conjunction with Dublin Bus, An Garda Síochána and the DSPCA and includes a preventative programme of removing stockpiled bonfire materials. Dublin Fire Brigade has made a special Halloween Safety Pack with leaflets and posters available online to all primary schools in Dublin advising children how to act responsibly and avoid danger over the Halloween period. Dublin Fire Brigade has also made a safety DVD which is available to view below, along with other helpful tips for a safe Halloween.