Guest Blog from Harrogate Mumbler and North Yorkshire Fire Service.
Mumbler has been to Harrogate Fire Station to meet (the very lovely) Helen Richardson, Community Safety Officer who has given us some invaluable advice to keep our families safe at Halloween & Bonfire Night.
Clothing – while it’s great for children to dress up, most Halloween costumes are highly flammable (sadly Claudia Winkleman’s daughter suffered awful burns at a party with lots of adults) so focus on using LED light candles – available at all supermarkets.
Pumpkin Lanterns – don’t use real candles in them, get the led t-lights – they are brighter than a real candle.
Sparklers – wear gloves, have a bucket of water to put sparkler sticks in as they are very hot even when out, or at a display stick them in the ground to cool them, make sure children are in a good space when using sparklers so they don’t accidentally burn someone else.
Bonfires – before lighting bonfires check for nesting animals and children hiding in a den!
Stand well back – from bonfires and fireworks
The next morning – embers will still be hot so DON’T TOUCH!
If an accident does happen and clothes catch on fire, the advice is to STOP, DROP & ROLL.