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Remember, Remember...to do Bonfire Night & Halloween safely!

These tips will help your family stay safe this season

Remember, Remember...to do Bonfire Night and Halloween safely!

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 Parents hope that their child will never suffer an accident on Bonfire Night or   Halloween. Unfortunately, every year the same dreadful accidents happen   involving sparklers, fireworks and flammable costumes.

 It is very important that we educate ourselves on fire safety, as well as our   children.  A great way to teach our children is to use this video from Fireman Sam   himself - Fireman Sam Home - GB | Firemansam

 Reminders for parents...

Costumes:

  • Less flammable fabrics include nylon, polyester, wool and silk. Poor quality costumes will often be made of highly flammable fabrics such as cotton, rayon and acrylic, so before you hit the stores, see what you have at home. You would be surprised what you can make out of old clothes and sheets, and your children may enjoy getting a little creative!
  • Halloween costumes rarely offer much warmth, so make sure that your child layers up underneath their costume. Not only will this keep them warm as they head off into the night, but it will also protect their skin from fire if their costume catches alight.
  • Lots of costumes will have complicated zips and buttons but try to ensure that your child is wearing a costume that can be easily slipped on and off. That way, if it does catch fire, your child can immediately pull off their costume and reduce their exposure to the flame.
  • Halloween costumes rarely offer much warmth, so make sure that your child layers up underneath their costume. Not only will this keep them warm as they head off into the night, but it will also protect their skin from fire if their costume catches alight.

Road Safety:

  • It’s not just fire that’s a threat on Halloween... most of the time, children will go trick-or-treating wearing nothing but their costume, which will often not provide any illumination or visibility in the dark night. To protect your children from road accidents, make sure that their costume is bright, colourful and illuminated.

Remember remember…

Despite all of our safety measures, accidents can happen and it’s important that your child understands what to do in a fire-related emergency. Before Halloween, practice the Stop, Drop and Roll with your child so he or she can keep themselves safe if their costume catches alight.

  • STOP what you are doing
  • DROP to the ground and cover your face with your hands
  • ROLL over and over to put out the flames

 

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