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How to stay safe on Halloween

how-to-stay-safe-this-halloweenMany children and adults enjoy Halloween however there are a number of different reports of accidents and injuries that occur on this dastardly day every year. Claudia Winkleman’s daughter suffered serious burns after her fancy dress costume caught fire as she walked past a lit candle (Read the full article here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34349261).

Read some of our top tips on how to stay safe this Halloween:

Candles                                   

Candles are very popular as they help to give a house a more spooky feel, and they can also be used to light up a carved pumpkin. So if you’re using candles, consider the following:

  • Candles and lanterns can easily be knocked over so consider safer LED alternatives.
  • Always keep candles out of reach of pets and children.
  • Never place candles near curtains, fabrics or furniture. Plus keep them away from draughts to prevent them from falling over.
  • Always make sure Halloween costumes and masks are labelled as flame resistant.
  • Remind children of the ‘Stop, drop and roll’ protocol in case their clothing catches on fire.
  • Use a heat resistant container and make sure to place the candle on a stable surface.

Pumpkin Carving

If you’re craving a scary pumpkin to display in your window or carving pumpkins with children, read our tips to make sure you stay safe:

  • Use a specially designed pumpkin tool, not a sharp knife.
  • Carve your pumpkin in a well-lit room and on a flat surface.
  • Use a battery operated tealight instead of a real flame.
  • Be extra careful when carving your pumpkin and watch out for your fingers.

Trick or Treating

We’d never want to dampen the excitement of children when it’s time to head out trick or treating, but remind them of the following for when they are out:

  • Carry a torch or glowsticks so they can be seen in the dark.
  • Always check treats before you eat them and ensure the packaging isn’t damaged or been tampered with.
  • Children who are going out alone, pre-plan a route with your child and plan on a time for them to get back
  • Never knock at houses displaying “No Trick or Treat” signs.
  • Never let small children carry lanterns lit by naked flames as the handles can get extremely hot or they may drop it.
  • Never go into a stranger’s house or car.
  • If you’re expecting trick or treaters and you have an over-excited pet, try asking your cat or dog to sit and reward them with a treat when they don’t run to the door. This will stop them from running out, and will stop the children being frighten.
  • Keep all sweets and chocolates out of reach of pets. Check your driveway or path the next morning as dogs may eat some on their next walk.

We hope you all have a great night whatever you’re doing. Remember to stay safe and have fun!

Make sure your home and car are protected during the holidays in case anything happens. You never know when accidental damage or house fires may happen, it’s best to be protected for the unexpected. Call our friendly team on 01492 203848 or fill in our simple online quote form.

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