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Swanley Town Council

Halloween – Trick or Treating

Halloween-and-Fireworks

We’d like you to enjoy Halloween, but it’s important to remember that not everyone likes to take part!

Here’s a few things to remember when you’re out this Halloween.

10 top tips for staying safe this Halloween

1. Some masks can obstruct vision, a potential danger, when crossing
roads. Consider using face paints instead.

2. If your children are out on the streets, make sure they are wearing
visible clothing – consider using reflective tape.

3. When trick or treating, Children should go out in groups, younger
children should be accompanied by an adult.

4. Older children should agree with parents or guardians in advance
exactly where they are going and when they will be back.

5. Make sure children know not to enter anyone’s house and not to accept
lifts in people’s cars.

6. Talk through the idea of trick or treat, and make sure your children
don’t do anything to upset or annoy the people they visit.

7. Keep to pavements and trick or treat on one side of the street before
crossing safely to the other side – don’t criss-cross.

8. Stay in well-lit areas where there are plenty of houses.

9. Carefully check all the things children have been given. Sweets and
food that are still in their original wrappers are safest.

10. Remember – have fun but be safe!

Attached to this page is a ‘no trick or treat’ poster.

Sorry, No Trick or Treat

Right click on the image above and save it to your
computer for printing out to put in your window

If you have an elderly or vulnerable friend or relative who doesn’t like callers at their door, help them display the poster clearly in the window.

If you do receive an unexpected caller at the door, don’t feel pressured to answer if you don’t want to.

If you are taking your children out trick or treating, please be considerate and avoid houses who are displaying the poster.

Bonfire / Firework Safety

Officers will be carrying out extra patrols in your area to keep you
safe but there are number of steps you can take to ensure a great Bonfire
Night. Remember:

  • An organised display is the safest way to enjoy fireworks.
  • Fireworks are noisy (which can upset very young or elderly people as well as pets). They can cause damage and they can cause serious injuries if not used properly.
  • Only buy fireworks from a legitimate retailer.
  • It is an offence to buy fireworks by anyone under the age of 18. You can be fined or imprisoned for buying or using fireworks illegally.
  • Shops are not allowed to sell fireworks louder than 120 decibels.
  • It is an offence to let fireworks off between 11pm and 7am except on 5th November when the cut off is midnight and on Diwali, New Year’s Eve and Chinese New Year when the cut off is 1am. It is also an offence to set off fireworks in the street, onto a road or in a public place.
  • Anyone caught causing a nuisance with fireworks will receive an instant fine of £80 and any fireworks found on a person under 18 will be confiscated.
  • Always inform your neighbours if you are using fireworks and be considerate.
  • Keep bonfires small and manageable and build them away from houses, garages, sheds, fences, overhead cables, trees, bushes and vehicles.
  • Never use flammable liquids – paraffin or petrol – to light the fire.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol whilst in charge of a bonfire or fireworks and particularly when supervising children.
  • In case of an emergency, keep buckets of water, the garden hose or a fire extinguisher ready.
  • Make sure your fireworks conform to British Standards BS 7114, EN 14035 or EN 15947.
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box and use/light them one at a time.
  • Light the firework at arm’s length using a taper or fuse wick and stand well back – never return to a firework once it has been lit.
  • Only children over the age of five are allowed to use sparklers and should be supervised by an adult at all times.
  • Remember, if you break the law on fireworks you could be sent to prison for up to six months or a child’s parents or carers could receive a fine.

Fireworks Code – Before
they explode read the code!

1 Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves
2 Never give sparklers to a child under 5
3 Buy fireworks marked BS 7114
4 Keep fireworks in a closed box
5 Follow the instructions on each firework
6 Light them at arm’s length using a taper
7 Stand well back
8 Never go back to a lit firework
9 Never put fireworks in your pocket
10 Never throw fireworks
11 Keep pets indoors

Safety Advice

Take Care With Sparklers

They are great fun and very pretty, especially when you try writing your
name with them before it burns out. But they do reach a temperature of up to
2,000°C, and I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite hot.

So when handling them, always wear gloves. And when you’ve finished,
have a bucket of water which people can plunge them in. If you’re giving them
to children, then make sure they’re observed at all times.

Children under five should never hold a sparkler. Instead, you can give
them a glow stick so they don’t feel left out, and it will last a lot longer
than a sparkler.

Have Someone In Charge

You need to delegate one person to be in charge of the display. Give
them a hi-vis vest so everyone can easily identify and find them. They should
abstain from drinking, at least until after the display.

Doing otherwise increases the risk of injury, and means they’re less
able to supervise properly. Equip them with a torch to see what they’re doing
and a hat, gloves and goggles to keep them protected.

Buying Your Fireworks

Always buy fireworks from a reputable shop. Don’t cut corners trying to
save a few quid and don’t buy from places you’re unsure about. All fireworks
that conform to British Standards should have BS 7114 written on the packaging.

Also, make sure you buy fireworks which are appropriate. Most fireworks
in Categories 1 to 3 will be okay for a garden display. All Category 4
fireworks are only for professional displays.

Setting Off The Fireworks

Long before you set them off, you should have read the instructions and
prepared in the daylight. Let your neighbours know and remember it’s better to
be over cautious. Make sure the area is clear of animals and people, and that
all your guests are stood well back. Only light one firework at a time and
never return to a firework after you’ve lighted it.

Once lit, run to safety and watch the beautiful fireworks light up the
sky.

And Just In Case

Unfortunately, things can go wrong from time to time. If someone does
get burnt, then remain calm. Cool the burn with cold water, then cover and go
to a hospital if it’s serious. Maybe have a small first aid kit to hand for
such accidents.

Should someone’s clothes catch alight, then get them to perform the
stop, drop and roll. Have a fire blanket which you can also wrap around someone
will put out the flames. And having a 2kg powder fire extinguisher means you
can act quickly and prevent a small fire escalating.

Who to contact to report suspicious activity or a crime?

  • If there is a threat to life or public safety, or a crime may be in progress dial 999
  • To report a crime other than a crime in progress call 101.
  • To report a crime other than a crime in progress you can also go to www.kent.police.uk/report to report your crime on line.
  • Alternatively on the Kent Police Website there is now a ‘Live Chat’ box that appears to speak to an advisor via online chat service via the ‘contact us’ page (www.kent.police.uk/contact-us). This is a new application but allows one-to-one text contact with an advisor to report crime or if you are seeking any advice.