Emergency services talk Hallowe'en and Bonfire Night safety

Emergency services talk Hallowe'en and Bonfire Night safety

By Gareth Dennison | 29/10/2019

Emergency services talk Hallowe'en and Bonfire Night safety

EMERGENCY services have urged residents to keep 999 free for genuine emergencies around the Hallowe’en period.

South Yorkshire Police, South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue and Yorkshire Ambulance Service run joint operation Dark Nights each year.

Police and fire officers have visited schools over the past few weeks to give safety tips to children, and hotspots have been identified for patrols.

Supt Sarah Poolman said: “Your neighbourhood teams will be out and about in the evenings throughout this period, working hard to make sure that everyone can have an enjoyable and safe time.

“However, this is an extremely busy time for officers and our call takers in the control room and we are therefore asking our communities to help us ensure we are able to respond to the people who need us the most by thinking before you call 999 or 101.

“Our call takers have to prioritise the calls coming into our control room. So if you are wanting to report a non-emergency crime, please make use of online reporting on our website.”

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue has urged people to attend organised fireworks displays rather than having their own.

Station manager Steve Jones said: “Each year we get a small spike in incidents on, and around, bonfire night.

“We have identified three things the public can do to help us reduce incidents. Firstly, make sure your bins are in and there’s no loose rubbish on your street. 

“Secondly, if you are having a bonfire, make sure you stay with it and keep it in hand. Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, by letting our control room staff know you’re having a bonfire you can potentially reduce the amount of times we get called out to garden bonfires.”


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