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Halloween Safety Advice

29th October 2019

Thames Valley Police  offers the following advice on fire safety at Halloween:  

Lanterns Think carefully about the fire risks, particularly the possibility of the candle falling over. If making homemade lanterns, never use plastic bottles or containers. Never allow small children to carry lanterns lit by naked flames.  

Costumes Make sure that Halloween costumes and masks are labelled as flame resistant. Don't use flammable materials to make home-made costumes. Keep children away from naked flames at all times.  

Candles Make sure that candles are securely placed in a correct holder away from drafts, and placed where they are not likely to be knocked over. Never let children play near candles. Ensure that the candles are extinguished completely at night.  

Lighting If you are using decorative lights in your home, ensure that the electricity sockets are not overloaded. Decorative lights should be switched off at the mains last thing at night, or if the bulbs need changing.

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