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Dubai Police warn against fireworks during Eid

Dubai Police and Sharjah Municipality will intensify inspections during Eid

  • By Jumana Khamis, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 17:15 August 5, 2013
  • Gulf News

Dubai

Dubai Police have urged the public to avoid buying or playing with prohibited products such as fireworks during the Eid holidays.

Abdullah Ali Al Gaithi, Deputy Director of the General Department of Protective Security and Emergency, said Dubai Police will continue their campaign against the use of fireworks by monitoring shops during the Eid holiday in order to ensure public safety.

Al Gaithi also added that an award was given to Dubai resident Saeed Khalfan Al Mari for his cooperation with Dubai Police in monitoring shops that are selling fireworks to the public by continuously notifying the police throughout the year.

With the use and poor storage of fireworks being one of the main causes behind large fires in Dubai in the past few years, Al Gaithi said that Dubai Police have carried out an awareness campaign about the dangers of fireworks.

The year-round campaign has spread awareness about the hazards of playing with fireworks in schools, universities, malls and other centres through the distribution of brochures.

Sharjah Municipality has also announced that they have started an initiative to increase inspections of gift shops and toy stores in Sharjah during the Eid holiday by monitoring shops which are selling fireworks.

Omar Al Sharji, Director of Operations and Inspection at Sharjah Municipality, said that several inspections will be carried out as a part of the initiative to ensure publicsafety during the holidays.

Along with fireworks, toys containing lead substances will also be banned as they form a health hazard for children, added Al Sharji. The municipality will continuously monitor shops in Sharjah and will issue fines to those selling the banned products.

Al Sharji also urged parents to keep an eye on their children during Eid celebrations, to ensure that they do not buy or play with any hazardous toys.

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