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Halloween safety message 28.10.21

HALLOWEEN can be a lot of fun especially for our children and young people and while we want everyone to have an enjoyable time, it is the time of year when we ask the community to remember that bonfires can cause serious damage both to our health and the environment.

There has been a significant reduction in the number of bonfires over recent years as the public recognise the importance of responsible waste management and avail of the wide range of waste and recycling services available.
In the lead up to Halloween Night Donegal County Council is asking householders, businesses and communities not to provide materials for bonfires.
Suzanne Bogan, Waste Awareness Officer with the Council says that: “while traditionally wood and straw were used on bonfires, in recent times materials such as tyres, mattresses, couches, furniture, plastics, aerosols, foam, metal, painted timber, treated timber, household waste etc are burned on bonfires. This type of activity is illegal. It is also an offence to supply waste materials to parties collecting for bonfires."

Bonfires can also very often be built close to houses and other property and can cause serious damage and injuries particularly where the burning of highly combustible materials is taking place. The Council’s Environment Section has produced a short video above on the issues with bonfires and you can also view the 'Stay Safe at Halloween' video message below created by the Donegal Fire Service.
Contact the emergency services by calling 999 or 112 if you see a bonfire being lit close to buildings, trees, overhead cables, underground services or car parking areas.
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