Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service

NIFRS Safety Appeal – Never mind ghouls and goblins, it’s fireworks and sparklers you should look out for this Halloween

Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) is calling on the community to be aware of potential fire hazards and to keep themselves safe while celebrating this Halloween.

Last Halloween (31 October 2018), NIFRS attended 127 incidents – a 7% decrease on incidents attended the previous year.  42% of the incidents attended were deliberate fires.

Gerry Lennon, Group Commander, NIFRS said: “We are pleased to see a decrease in the number of incidents NIFRS attended last Halloween, but it is disappointing that nearly half of the incidents were deliberately set fires.

“Deliberate fires pose a serious risk to life, property and the environment and they put extra pressure on NIFRS resources which could result in a delay in getting to a real emergency.  We are asking people not to engage in this type of anti-social behaviour.

“It is also important to be aware of any potential fire hazards while celebrating. Fireworks and sparklers are good fun at Halloween, but without proper supervision they can cause serious injury. To a young child, the heat from a sparkler is equivalent to the heat from a welding torch. Please ensure that fireworks and sparklers are used safely and in line with the manufacturer’s instructions.

“We would also like to remind parents of the potential dangers when their children are wearing fancy dress costumes, either shop bought or home-made.  Make sure that children are properly supervised at all times; keep them away from fireworks, or open flames such as candles, pumpkins with candles in them and bonfires.  If their costume catches fire remember STOP, DROP and ROLL to quickly extinguish the flames.

“We want everyone to have a fun and enjoyable Halloween and to put safety first and be aware of additional fire hazards at this time of year.”

NIFRS Halloween Safety Advice



Sparklers are often viewed as being harmless but they do burn at fierce temperatures.

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