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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 December 2018

Abu Dhabi Police warns against dangers of fireworks ahead of Eid

The campaign is part of Abu Dhabi Police’s "Your Security is Our Happiness" initiative

Abu Dhabi Police warned residents against the dangers of using fireworks. Mona Al-Marzouqi / The National
Abu Dhabi Police warned residents against the dangers of using fireworks. Mona Al-Marzouqi / The National

The General Directorate of the Abu Dhabi Police has warned residents against the risks of fireworks, as part of an awareness campaign.

The campaign is part of Abu Dhabi Police’s "Your Security is Our Happiness" initiative, launched in 2014, which aims to raise residents’ awareness of dangers.

Brigadier Salem Al Bloushi, director of the weapons and explosives section at the Police's Security and Ports Affairs, urged the public to refrain from practices that might cause property damages, environmental pollution and fires, and which put the safety of the community at risk.

He urged parents to be vigilant and to supervise their children to prevent them from playing with fireworks. “They should educate their children about the dangers of fireworks and introduce them to safe playing,” he said.

He said fireworks could cause burns and other injuries.

“This requires uniting our efforts to address their dangers in order to avoid risking everyone's safety,” he said.

Sharjah Police also warned the public against the use of fireworks during Eid Al Adha, and said it will pursue those who sell fireworks illegally. The authority said it would bring illegal vendors to justice as they pose a risk to others, especially children.

Last year, thousands of school children were shown the dangers of fireworks as part of a safety campaign.

The campaign involved police officers and Dubai’s ambulance service visiting malls, schools and community groups to spread the message.