Advice for a Safe Halloween from An Garda Síochána

Advice for a Safe Halloween from An Garda Síochána


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Gardaí have issued some advice ahead of the Halloween festivities this week.

Crime Prevention Officer for Clare, Sergeant Triona O’Rourke has also warned of the dangers of fireworks.

“Fireworks can cause annoyance to the elderly and babies and distress to animals and if they continue to burn after landing they may cause damage to property by fire or cause injury,” Sgt O’Rourke said.

“It is an offence for any person to possess a firework with intent to sell or supply without a licence, to throw an ignited firework at any person or property or to light unlicensed fireworks – penalty for these offences is a fine of up to €10,000 or 5 years imprisonment or both.

The simple possession of fireworks without a licence is also an offence which is liable to a fine of up to €10,000,” she added.

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Advice for a safe Halloween

*If you see material such as pallets or tyres being hoarded in advance, ring the local authority to have it collected.

*Be aware of a bonfire being built close to buildings, trees, overhead cables, etc.

*Stay a safe distance from bonfires and fireworks – wind can carry sparks long distances.

*Explain the dangers of illegal fireworks and bonfires to children and teenagers.

*Keep pets indoors on Halloween night.

*Do not provide any materials for bonfires.

Sgt O’Rourke added: “Parents and adults should stay with your children and bring them on trick or treat visits. If children dress up in dark clothes add reflective material so that they can be clearly seen by motorists and cyclists.

Keep dangerous substances such as oil, petrol and diesel away from fires or fireworks. Parents should be extra vigilant during this period and know where their children are at all times. There are very real dangers associated with fireworks and adults should ensure that children are aware of the dangers.”

Gardaí also advise: “If you do have any information relating to the illegal importation/sale of fireworks please contact your local or any Garda Station. The Garda confidential line is 1800 666111.”



Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.