Published on October 20th, 2018 | by Clerk to Aynho PC0
Halloween and Bonfire Night 2018
We want people to have plenty of fun this Halloween, but staying safe when trick or treating, dressing up and using lit decorations is vital.
Here are some of our dos and don’ts.
• Keep clear of all flames such as candles and lit pumpkins, which could cause costumes to catch fire or cause burns.
• Be careful how you dress on Halloween. Homemade costumes and some costumes bought in shops or from the internet can be flammable.
• Plan your trick or treat route beforehand. Only go to houses where you or your friends know the residents. Always go in groups.
• Be cautious about eating what people give you when out trick or treating. Check with an adult when you get home.
• Be visible – stay in areas that are well lit with street-lights. Take a torch just in case.
• Leave the eggs and flour at home. Don’t cause damage to property.
• Keep decorations away from all naked flames.
• Wear masks that restrict your vision. You need to be able to see when crossing roads.
• Enter any house when trick or treating, stay on the doorstep.
• Go trick or treating without an adult. Never go alone.
• Knock on doors where you see a ‘No trick or treat’ sign.
• Use your costumes to genuinely frighten people – particularly those who may be elderly or vulnerable.
• Leave children alone with candles.
• Use real candles in lanterns and pumpkins, use battery operated lights.
• Make lanterns from plastic bottles/containers. This would be dangerous and could result in burns and cause a fire.
In an emergency call 999
For non-emergencies call 101
Here are some useful posters and information which can be printed and displayed (especially if you don’t want Trick or Treaters).
November 5th may be celebrated with fireworks, but bonfires also feature heavily in celebrations. Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service has put together some safety advice to help guide those planning to light their own bonfire.
Bonfire safety tips:
• Position a bonfire away from sheds, fences and trees.
• Before lighting a bonfire, check the structure is sound and does not have small children or animals hiding inside it.
• Never use petrol or paraffin to light a fire. A safer way to light it is to use paper and solid firelighters in two or three
places to ensure an even burn.
• Never burn dangerous rubbish such as foam-filled furniture, rubber, aerosols, tins of paint, pressurised gas cylinders,
tyres and bottles.
• Materials producing light ash which could blow about, such as corrugated cardboard, are unsuitable for burning.
• Have one person responsible for lighting the fire. That person, and any helpers, should wear suitable clothing
such as a substantial outer garment made of wool or other low flammable material and strong boots or shoes.
• Remember to ‘stop, drop and roll’ if clothing catches fire. Have a fire blanket ready in the bonfire area.
Everyone at Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service wishes you a happy Halloween and Bonfire Night.