Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service want everyone to enjoy a safe spooky Halloween, but every year many adults and children are injured when burning candles come into contact with trailing costumes and wigs.
At the moment these costumes are classed as toys and, therefore, are not subject to the same requirements as children’s clothing. It is important to be aware of the dangers this poses and that costumes are kept away from open flames. It is also important that children know what to do if their clothing is set alight. You can make a game of teaching your children to “STOP, DROP, COVER AND ROLL” if their costume does catch alight. This means having them practise stopping still, dropping to the ground, covering their face with their hands and rolling over and over to put the flames out.
Firework and Bonfire Safety
The majority of bonfire and fireworks accidents happen at private parties. Organised displays will be safer than having a party of your own. If you do hold a party of your own Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service want you to keep safe and take advice from their website www.bedsfire.com.