Warning issued by emergency services on Halloween

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

LIMERICK’S emergency services and animal welfare groups are asking members of the public to be vigilant during tonight’s Halloween celebrations.

LIMERICK’S emergency services and animal welfare groups are asking members of the public to be vigilant during tonight’s Halloween celebrations.

Limerick’s fire services have jointly appealed to homeowners not to burn household rubbish on bonfires.

Substantial costs were incurred last year as fire personnel responded to bonfire-related incidents across the city and county.

“Bonfires are an illegal, dangerous and costly tradition,” explained Carmel Kirby, Chief Fire Officer with the Limerick County Fire and Rescue Service.

“Bonfires are often built close to houses and other property presenting risks to personal safety and property. Halloween is one the busiest times of the year for the fire services and responding to bonfire call outs creates a strain on existing resources,” she added.

Members of public are also being asked not to buy, use or supply fireworks.

“Illegal fireworks may be manufactured without safety standards and can cause serious damage to users, particularly children. Parents should monitor their children and ensure they do not play with fireworks. Throughout the country, every year children end up tragically injured and often scarred for life, after using illegal fireworks,” said Michael Ryan, chief fire officer with Limerick City Council.

Meanwhile, gardai are appealing to shop owners not to sell eggs in large quantities to young people, in case they are used to damage cars or homes.

“Throwing eggs at unsuspecting drivers can cause accidents and throwing them at houses causes huge annoyance for the homeowners. If shop owners could keep this in mind if young people come in trying to buy eggs in large amounts,” said Sgt Kevin Balfe, Henry Street.

“We also are reminding people that the elderly in our society living alone may become frightened by bangers and other loud devices set off during Halloween. Also loud noises from bangers and fireworks causes distress to animals, “he added.

The Limerick Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals have also called on all animal owners to make sure their pets are kept secure and indoors during Halloween.