Council warning over Halloween safety around bonfires

by Rachel Cunningham
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Rachel Cunningham

The Mayor of South Dublin County Council has urged businesses not to leave materials that could be used in bonfires lying around this Halloween.

Mayor Alan Edge highlighted that bonfires can damage Dublin’s public spaces and act as a strain on emergency services.

The council has published an information leaflet providing facts and tips on how to stay safe at Halloween.

In advance of seasonal celebrations at the end of the month, it outlines information on incentives offered by the council to avoid damage to community open spaces as a result of illegal bonfires.

Bulbs Not Bonfires is a reward available through the innovative Social Credits Scheme, which provides communities with flowers in the spring in return for organising alternative Halloween activities which will not harm the environment.

A free pass to Ballymount Civic Amenity Centre will be provided to every social credit applicant from last Monday, October 16, to encourage recycling.

One pass allows one entry for one car and will be valid until Friday, November 24.

“Halloween can be a fun time but it’s very important that people enjoy it safely and responsibly,” said Mayor Edge.

“South Dublin County Council works closely with An Garda Síochána, Dublin Fire Brigade and the Ambulance Services in an effort to keep people safe during this festive period.

“This year, I really want to encourage people not to take part in bonfires, which are illegal, and which have an appalling impact on the environment and instead to participate in the Council’s Bulbs not Bonfires initiative.”

A programme of Halloween events and activities can be found on:

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