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Halloween safety messages 24.10.22

Halloween can be a lot of fun especially for our children and young people and while we want everyone to have an enjoyable time, please remember that bonfires can cause serious damage and injuries both to our environment and to your health.

In the lead up to Halloween night Donegal County Council is asking householders and businesses not to provide materials for bonfires.

Suzanne Bogan, Waste Awareness Officer said 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 and household waste are being burned on bonfires. This type of activity is illegal. It is also an offence to supply waste materials to parties collecting for bonfires. The uncontrolled burning of these waste types is very damaging to our health and environment as harmful dioxins are created and released into the air that we breathe."
 
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. Watch the short video above on the issues with bonfires and view the 'Stay Safe at Halloween' video message below created by the Donegal Fire Service.
 
Fireworks can have a devastating impact on guide dogs and their owners according to Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.

The charity, which supports those who are vision impaired and the families of children with autism, said fireworks can be extremely distressing for all animals but particularly working dogs such as guide and assistance dogs. As a result, some dogs are no longer able to support their owners and therefore must be retired.
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