Fire Safety at Halloween – What to remember

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Health & Safety has been a prominent issue during Halloween in recent years.

You may remember the high profile story around fire safety and Halloween costumes after TV presenter Claudia Winkleman’s daughter suffered serious burns after her outfit caught fire in 2014.

In 2014, 91 people in England were admitted to hospital as a result of their clothes melting or igniting.

Health & Safety laws have been tightened and Trading Standards can now conduct spot checks on any shop that sells children’s fancy dress costumes. However, it is still important that you follow the correct safety procedures.

Here are our top tips for keeping safe this Halloween:

1. Check the label! Before buying an outfit make sure it’s fire-resistant.
2. Candles can be dangerous so make sure you:

– Put all candles out before leaving a room
– Use a snuffer or a spoon to put them out – try not to blow out the candles

3. Teach everyone around you, especially children to STOP, DROP and ROLL

4. Use battery-powered candles in pumpkins instead of normal candles, they’re much safer and will take away any risk.

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