This year Halloween is going to be different for everyone due to the Covid-19 restrictions which are in place across our region. But that does not mean we can’t enjoy a #ScaryButSafe Halloween.
This year we are asking people to think outside the box and celebrate Halloween in a covid safe way!
Mark Henderson, Community safety team leader, said: “We know trick-or-treating can be a big part of Halloween for most people, but there is plenty of fun alternatives of indoor activities people could do!
A few examples are:
- Carving spooky pumpkins
- Watching a scary movies
- Organising a Halloween themed treasure hunt with your household
- Or even giving your windows or doorstep a makeover for passers-by to enjoy
Mark added: “we would also like to remind parents to protect their children from flammable fancy dress costumes, and we strongly advise the use of battery powered candles for instead of real candles this spooky season.”
The design of costumes, often made with flowing robes or capes, means they can easily catch fire from a candle or flame and very quickly engulf a child in flames. The popularity of Halloween fancy-dress for children has grown enormously in recent years so cutting the risk of flames catching a costume in the first place is also an important safety measure.
We would urge people not to use naked flames while their children are dressing up for Halloween or bonfire night. This would include lighting candles in the home and use of candles and tea lights in pumpkins. LED candles, displaying the correct kite mark, are a safe alternative; they can look very realistic and are an inexpensive option.
Tests have shown that those wearing costumes can be engulfed in flames in as little as nine seconds
CDDFRS has issued the following advice:
Check the labels on any fancy-dress outfits you buy and see what fire resistance they offer
If in doubt check with the customer services department or the store manager
Do not let your child go near any ignition sources – sparklers can burn at up to 2,000 degrees Celsius
Replace candles in pumpkins with battery powered candles – these are cheap, they do not blow out and they are much safer
Teach your child to STOP, DROP and ROLL in the event that their clothing does catch fire
In an emergency cool any burns with large amounts of water and get urgent medical assistance.