Be a bright spark this November


With Halloween and Bonfire Night fast approaching, why not be a bright spark this year and take the time to read up on some top safety tips.

It's getting to that time of year again where you will be making plans for how to celebrate Halloween and Bonfire Night, and whether you're going to an organised firework display, trick or treating with your little ones, or having a party at home, there are some simple tips you can follow to make sure that you don't remember 5 November for the wrong reasons.

Did you know that if a Halloween costume catches fire, it can spread very quickly? Here is a video showing how quickly a Halloween costume catches light.



This is why it is important to take extra care while at home, and while out trick or treating to make sure that you and your children stay away from all naked flames.

Here are some of our other tips for a treat-filled Halloween:

  • If you're buying a last-minute costume, or if you already have one, look for the CE mark and only buy products from reputable outlets.
  • If you're making your own costume, avoid using flammable materials like bin liners, as these can also catch fire easily.
  • Keep candles and other naked flames away from items that could catch fire, including costumes, and always keep candles out of reach from children.
  • Pumpkins are all part of the fun of Halloween and it is good to consider replacing candles with battery powered alternatives.
  • If you're with someone whose costumes catches fire, our advice is for them to 'stop, drop and roll' to stop the fire spreading, and call 999 immediately.

Bonfire Night

Remember remember 5th November…

…Maybe you can finish off the words to this poem, but in our version, it always ends with making sure that you celebrate safely.

Here are some of our top Bonfire Night safety tips to help you be a bright spark:

  • Make sure to keep fireworks in a closed box and only use them one at a time.
  • Always read the instructions to make sure that you are using correctly.
  • Never return to a firework once it has been lit. Even if it hasn't gone off, it still could.
  • Never put fireworks in pockets and never throw them
  • Make sure that your spectators stand back and that you direct any fireworks away from them
  • If you are lighting a bonfire, take care to ensure that you do this away from any buildings, trees, sheds or fences to stop them from catching fire.
  • Sparklers are all part of the fun of bonfire night, but you should never give these to a child under the age of five.
  • Always make sure that the bonfire is out before leaving, and don't let children go near to it even if you think the fire is out.

In any emergency, you should always call 999.

Remember to be a bright spark and have a safe and happy Halloween and Bonfire Night.


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