The majority of accidents happen at private parties. Organised displays will be safer than having a party of your own. If you do hold your own party, make sure you follow the firework code, shown below.
- Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114
- Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks
- Keep fireworks in a closed box
- Follow the instructions on each firework
- Light them at arm’s length, using a taper
- Stand well back
- Never go near a firework that has been lit
- Even if it hasn’t gone off, it could still explode
- Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them
- Always supervise children around fireworks
- Never give sparklers to a child under five
- Keep pets indoors
- Don’t let off fireworks after 11pm
Bonfire Safety Tips
- Warn your neighbours beforehand – so they are aware and can make necessary Preparations
- Only burn dry material, do not burn anything which is wet or damp, this causes more Smoke
- Check there are no cables (telephone wires etc) above the bonfire
- Build the bonfire away from sheds, fences and trees
- Don’t use petrol or paraffin to start the fire it can get out of control quickly
Once the bonfire is lit, make sure you:
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby – in case of emergencies
- Don’t leave the bonfire unattended
- Keep children and pets away from the bonfire
- Don’t throw any fireworks into the fire
- Don’t burn aerosols, tyres, canisters or anything containing foam or paint – this could produce toxic fumes and some containers may explode, causing injury
- Once the bonfire has died down, spray the embers with water to stop it reigniting
Accompany your children
If you have young children who want to go trick or treating, always make sure they’re accompanied by a responsible adult. Try to stick to areas you know well, such as the streets around your home. If possible, avoid poorly-lit roads.
Be considerate to your neighbours
Always respect the wishes of your neighbours at Halloween. Not everyone is happy to open their door to strangers – even little children. Keep an eye out for ‘no trick or treat’ signs before you let your kids ring the doorbell.
Check all Halloween treats
It may sound extreme, but always check all sweets and chocolate before you allow your children to eat anything. Throw away any unwrapped or out of date items.