Parents and young people need to be extra vigilant in relation to personal safety during the upcoming Hallowe’en period, according to Mitchelstown Fire Service.

Each year, A&E departments are filled with children who receive horrific and painful injuries as a result of the misuse of fireworks and bonfires.

Fire safety officers in Mitchelstown want people to be aware of the dangers that the occasion can bring and the injuries and deaths that might occur. It should be noted that fireworks are effectively illegal in Ireland, the exception being licensed, professional firework display companies. 

Most of the illegal fireworks and bangers on sale in markets and from street traders throughout the country are sub-standard, manufactured without safety standards and are liable to cause injury.

Bonfires are a big part of Halloween – proper siting and construction of bonfires should be adhered to, a minimum of 18m from buildings, trees, etc and should be under the supervision of a responsible person.

Hallowe’en night 2016 saw a frightening incident unfold at Ardmhuilinn, Mitchelstown, when a car was driven into a bonfire endangering those present.

Fire brigade personnel on arrival to tend the scene, then had fireworks thrown at them.

If a bonfire gets out of control, dial 999 or 112 for the Fire and Rescue Service immediately.

Have a safe Hallowe’en.