Ready for the spookiest night of the year? Whether you’re getting the little ones ready for a night of trick-or-treating or you’re hosting a house party, take a look at our top tips on how to stay safe this Halloween.
- Use LED lights – they give the same effect as candles and are much safer!
- If you’re taking little one’s trick or treating be careful of neighbours’ decorations and any candle-lit pumpkins on the ground.
- Make sure costumes have the CE mark to show they have been tested to European Standards. To make your items as safe as possible, all our children’s Halloween costumes undergo additional flammability testing to the BRC Code of Practice and the Nightwear Test (BS5722).
- Although our children’s Halloween costumes are thoroughly tested, it’s still important that they’re kept away from fire and naked flames!
- If you and your little ones will be waving sparklers around, make sure you don’t give sparklers to a child under the age of 5 and don’t forget to wear gloves – this adds extra protection to our hands just in case the sparks jump. Do not use in crowded spaces, keep at arm’s length away from your body – they get very hot! Dispose of in a bucket of water or sand.
- If you’re inviting friends and family round and letting off fireworks in your garden make sure you buy fireworks from a licensed retailer and that they have appropriate CE markings. It’s a good idea to let your neighbours know you will be having a display.
- Take one firework out of the box at a time and store loose fireworks safely, never in your pocket. Keep fireworks away from sources of heat or ignition and never light more than one at a time.
- Make sure you follow the instructions very carefully and cordon off the area where the fireworks will be lit.
- We’d also recommend keeping your pets inside, it’s the safest option for them and yourselves.
- If you’re popping down to your local fireworks display be aware of the cordoned areas and remind children not to go beyond those points, keep young children under supervision at all times.
- In the unlikely event that a serious accident does occur, remember to stop, drop and roll. If a first aider is present allow them to treat any burns and take the person(s) hurt straight to A&E