County hall and Gardaí in Laois have urged people not to contribute anything for Halloween bonfires in Laois this year out of respect for others and also the emergency services who are busy at the frontline of Covid-19.
Laois County Council issued the appeal ahead of what is traditionally bonfire night on October 31.
"Laois County Council with support from An Garda Síochaná, local business and community groups, calls on people in their local communities not to contribute to any bonfires at Halloween and to respect both the environment and the health of their families and neighbours.
"Emergency services are already battling Covid, don't add to the problem," said the council.
The County Laois Fire and Rescue Services says that bonfires and fireworks are illegal and should be avoided where possible.
However, the Station Officers appealed to the communities they serve to watch over their loved ones around fireworks and bonfires this Halloween.
The officers said thousands of people throughout the Country over the years have seen the pain and suffering of friends and family members as a consequence of fireworks and bonfire displays that have gone horribly wrong.
However, if bonfires are held the Station Officers have issued the following advice.
If your bonfire gets out of hand, dial 999 / 112 and inform the fire brigade/emergency services.
The fire servce also encouraged everyone to adhere to National COVID 19 guidelines in relation to “trick or treat” visits, parties and events and to follow the recommendations below to ensure that this time of celebration remains a safe time for all.
It advised that if people are dressing up in dark clothes, reflective material should be added to improve visibility to all road users. The services advise that only use fire-retardant materials for costumes and ensure children are accompanied by a parent or guardian.
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