Halloween festivities can be enjoyed by everyone, but for some individuals ‘trick or treating’, bonfires, fireworks and sparklers can result in a rather nasty surprise.
Chief Inspector Gordon McCalmont, is appealing for parents, youth and community leaders to assist in making this year’s festivities safe and fun.
Chief Inspector McCalmont said: “Halloween is a busy time of the year for local police. It is not uncommon to see increased reports of criminal damage and anti-social behaviour at this time of year and we want to make it clear that anyone caught breaking the law will be dealt with robustly.”
“I would ask parents to make sure they know the whereabouts of their children and to make sure that they are not engaging in any criminal activity or criminal damage to property.”
Individuals are also being urged to pay close attention to their own personal safety, if they intend to be in the vicinity of fireworks, sparklers or bonfires. Fireworks contain explosive, flammable substances, which can cause serious injury or damage to property. Children using sparklers should also be closely supervised.
Chief Inspector McCalmont continued:” Measures are being taken to ensure incidents of criminal damage do not escalate during the Halloween period. High visibility patrols will be operating to prevent crimes and deter anti-social behaviour. What might seem like a prank to some people may actually amount to carrying out an assault or causing criminal damage. Those involved in this type of behaviour will have to face the consequences. We hope that with the support of parents, schools and local community groups we can work to help make Halloween safe and enjoyable.”
The safety advice below can help make Halloween a safe, enjoyable time for everyone.
FIREWORKS AND SPARKLERS
- Fireworks require a licence – except indoor fireworks and sparklers. Fireworks should be purchased from reputable licensed dealers, not from market stalls or individuals selling door-to-door.
- It is illegal to possess, purchase, sell, handle or use fireworks except under licence.
- Only adults should light or handle fireworks.
- Never ever go back to a firework once lit – even if it does not go off.
- When watching fireworks, stand well back.
- It is an offence to throw fireworks in the street or other public places.
- Always supervise children around fireworks.
- Never give sparklers to children under the age of five.
- Light sparklers one at time and always wear gloves.
- Keep a bucket of water close by and put sparklers in it when they go out.
- You can be fined up to £5,000 for breaking the law in relation to fireworks.
If you have information about illegal fireworks sales contact your local police station on 101. These fireworks may not be British Standard approved and could be extremely dangerous.
The message is simple – enjoy Halloween, but be sensible and don’t break the law.