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Please feel free to download and print this poster and place on your windows in your home.

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Halloween Advice:

Halloween can be a lot of fun for children and young people, but it can also be distressing and intimidating for older people. If you are going to go “trick or treating” please respect and consider others and follow some simple guidelines, that way everyone can have a safe and enjoyable time.

DON’T

  • Go alone – trick or treating is more fun and safer if you go in a small group with friends and family
  • Go into houses – stay on the door step, where a responsible adult can see you
  • Play pranks that may damage property – this could result in arrest and a criminal record
  • Demand money or intimidate people – Halloween can be a night that some neighbours may dread, so be respectful and polite. Observe and comply with any notices declining trick or treaters at the address
  • Don’t throw eggs or flour – it is classed as a criminal offence and you could be arrested

 

DO

  • Take extra care crossing roads – more accidents occur in the dark
  • Go with a responsible adult – they can help, in case there are any problems
  • Dress to be seen – wear light or reflective clothes, or carry a lamp or torch, so that drivers and your responsible adult can see you
  • Respect other people’s rights – be  polite, do not knock on doors too late. Ring or knock once only and be prepared to take no for an answer

 

Please enjoy yourself, but remain safe!

Bonfire Night Safety Advice:

Please consider attending an organised display, however if you are hosting your own event, please follow these safety guidelines:

 

  • Bonfires should be 18 metres from buildings, trees, fences, overhead cable and car-parking areas. Only clean dry timber should be burnt.

 

DO NOT BURN THE FOLLOWING:

  • Aerosols
  • Batteries
  • Bottles
  • Foam-filled Furniture
  • Tins of paint
  • Tyre

 

Bonfire’s should be no more than 3 metres in height. There should be a suitable barrier around the bonfire to keep spectators 5 metres away


DO NOT USE THE FOLLOWING TO LIGHT A BONFIRE:

  • Petrol
  • Paraffin
  • Diesel
  • White spirit or mentholated spirit

USE FIRELIGHTERS INSTEAD!

  • Always check that no small children or animals are hiding in the bonfire before lighting
  • Keep some buckets of water nearby in case of emergency and to damp down after the event
  • Bonfires built on council land without permission, will be removed

FIREWORK SAFETY

  • Ideally attend an organised display
  • Fireworks must not be sold to persons under the age of 18
  • Fireworks must be marked with BS 7114 or CE
  • Keep fireworks in a closed metal box
  • Follow the instruction on each firework
  • Light them at arms-length using a taper
  • Stand well back
  • Never go back to a lit firework
  • Never put fireworks in your pocket
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby if you are setting off fireworks in your garden
  • Never throw fireworks
  • Keep pets indoors
  • Remember alcohol and fireworks do not mix and may lead to injury

To report unofficial bonfires on public land, please contact your Local Authority.

Page last updated: 24 October 2017