PARENTS in Warwickshire are being warned to avoid Halloween safety scares such as burns and accidental house fires.
Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service and Warwickshire Trading Standards are sharing some key safety advice to ensure Halloween going without a hitch.
This includes ensuring children can be seen at night and are accompanied by an adult, and supervising children when carving and shaping pumpkins.
The fire service also suggests swapping candles for battery-operated tealights in homemade lanterns and pumpkins, and making sure any lit candles are extinguished properly before going to bed and are kept away from flammable materials including clothing and curtains.
Warwickshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue and Community Safety spokesman Coun Andy Crump said: “We know that Halloween is a popular event and an opportunity for some fun – however we urge people to think of safety risks this year.
“It is common for people to be creative with their costumes and attires at parties, but these can sometimes pose a real fire hazard. If you are buying a costume, ensure that the costume you buy has a CE or UKCA mark on the label and keep it away from fire, lit candles, and other naked flames.
“We want people to be able to enjoy these festivities safely and with care. Heeding the safety advice could mean the difference between a happy Halloween or one of real horror. So please don’t take the risk!”
Visit https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/firesafety for more information on fire safety.