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As the nights draw in and Halloween draws closer, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service share their top safety advice.
Halloween Safety Tips:
- Plastic capes and bin liners are often used as costumes - keep them away from candles or other naked flames
- Use battery operated lights within homemade lanterns and pumpkins. Battery operated lights are much safer than candles
- Take extra care with candles - they are extremely hazardous. If the candle tips over it could set light to materials such as costumes, curtains, clothes and furniture and start a serious fire. Make sure they are extinguished properly before leaving the house or going to bed and are out of reach from children
- Buy fancy dress costumes from reputable retailers. Dressing up costumes are currently classed as toys under British Toy Safety Regulations, meaning they are less fire resistant than children’s nightclothes and assume a child is able to move away from or drop a burning toy. The British Retail Consortium introduced more stringent flammability tests and labelling in 2017 for these costumes. Many reputable high street retailers and children’s costume manufacturers in the UK signed up to this more robust voluntary code
- Costumes should comply with EN71 – a European-wide standard, which tests for flammability. It should also have a CE mark, which means the product complies with European health and safety requirements
- Check costumes are labelled as flame-resistant
- In an emergency, cool any burns with water and call 999
- Keep to pavements and cross roads carefully when trick or treating
- Motorists should watch out for children walking on roadways and curbs, and enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.