Local communities in Mid Ulster are being encouraged to follow good practice in a set of simple bonfire guidelines, designed to protect people, property and the environment.
Mid Ulster District Council, together with partner agencies, including the PSNI, Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Northern Ireland Housing Executive and Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service, are urging bonfire organisers throughout the year to celebrate safely by putting safety first.
The new guidelines encourage people to:
- Put safety first: never put lives at risk and always ensure responsible adults are in attendance at bonfires.
- Protect people and property: ensure that bonfires are located away from homes, play areas, fuel tanks and power lines.
- Always consider the environment: harmful toxins can be released when inappropriate materials are burned. Never burn tyres or any other hazardous material on a bonfire.
- Encourage a positive atmosphere: respect all cultures and traditions. Burning inappropriate material also includes other people’s images, flags and election posters.
- Remember the clean up: consider the arrangements for the bonfire clean-up and how any damaged surfaces can be restored.