At this busy time of year for emergency services, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) are urging everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Halloween.Police Service of Northern Ireland Superintendent Gerry McGrath says that while Halloween should be a safe and enjoyable time for everyone, it is not uncommon to see an increase in calls to police and other emergency services. “Most people are responsible, but we need to be considerate and mindful of others when it comes to marking Halloween. Remember, what might seem like harmless fun to some, may actually feel like anti-social behaviour to others. “Please don’t be alarmed if you see more police in the community this Halloween – we will be there to ensure everyone is enjoying their Halloween. “If you have any concerns about antisocial behaviour in your community, you can contact us on 101 or 999 in an emergency.” Dave McComiskey, Assistant Group Commander, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service, said: “We want to see everyone enjoy Halloween, but unfortunately each year we witness first-hand the devastating impact the misuse of fireworks and sparklers can have. They are a fire hazard and can set fire to property, the environment and clothing. The explosive force of a firework can also cause serious injury particularly to your hands and face. If you do decide to use fireworks then only light them outside in an open space and keep children well away from them.
“Fancy dress costumes can be highly flammable so keep them away from fireworks or open flames. Swap out candles for battery operated lights. If a costume catches fire remember STOP, DROP and ROLL to quickly put the flames out. “If using sparklers, never give them to children under the age of five, and always wear gloves, preferably leather ones. Always supervise children when lighting sparklers, and ensure they hold the sparkler at arm’s length.” By following this simple advice, you can make sure your family and friends have a safe and injury-free Halloween this year.
CAPTION: Superintendent Gerry McGrath, Police Service of Northern Ireland, and Dave McComiskey Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service advise people on how to stay safe this Halloween.