Follow this advice for a spooky but safe Halloween:
- Use LED battery-operated tea lights or candles to decorate your pumpkin and your home. They are much safer and they don’t blow out.
- Buy fancy dress costumes from reputable retailers. Dressing up costumes are currently classed as toys under British Toy Safety Regulations, meaning they are less fire resistant than children’s nightclothes and assume a child is able to move away from or drop a burning toy. The British Retail Consortium introduced more stringent flammability tests and labelling in 2017 for these costumes, which were endorsed by the National Fire Chiefs Council and others such as Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and the Children’s Burns Trust. Many reputable high street retailers and children’s costume manufacturers in the UK signed up to this more robust voluntary code.
- Costumes should comply with EN71 – a European-wide standard, which tests for flammability. It should also have a CE mark, which means the product complies with European health and safety requirements.
- Check costumes are labelled as flame-resistant.
- Keep fancy dress costumes away from naked flames.
- If clothing does catch fire remember – STOP, DROP and ROLL until the fire is out.
- In an emergency, cool any burns with water and call 999.
- Respect the wishes of people who don’t wish to take part in trick or treating and look out for vulnerable family and neighbours who may be on their own.
- Keep to pavements and cross roads carefully when trick or treating.
- Motorists should watch out for children walking on roadways and curbs, and enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
Download our Please don’t scare to display in houses that will not be participating in Halloween this year. Remember the constant knocks and costumes can be distressing for some people.