Our top Halloween safety tips:
• Use LED battery lights instead of candles in pumpkins and elsewhere
•Place candles, pumpkins or any flame out of way of trick-or-treaters, doorways and paths;
•Don’t put them too close to paths where ‘trick or treaters’ in their flowing costumes might catch fire;
•When choosing or making a costume, avoid billowing or long trailing fabric and make sure it is flame retardant;
•Keep an eye on children at all times when around lit candles;
•Use flashlights instead of garden candles and lanterns for decorating your house and paths;
•Keep pets safely away from any lit flames;
•Avoid plastic capes and using bin liners as costumes;
•Keep flowing items like fake hair and capes away from candle and other flames;
•If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see clearly;
•Give children electric torches to light their way instead of candles;
•Keep highly flammable decorations like dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper well away from naked flames and heat
sources like light bulbs and heaters;
•If you must use candles use extra long matches or a utility lighter to light candles inside pumpkins and place them well away from anything that can burn;
•Keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes
What should you do if a costume catches fire? Stop, drop, cover and roll!
Fancy dress costumes are regulated as toys not clothes so don’t meet the same safety standards as children’s clothing. Make a game of teaching children what to do if their fancy dress costume catches fire. They should:
DROP to the ground
COVER their face with hands
ROLL over to put the flames out.
Call 999 immediately if a costume catches fire.