Halloween Safety – Celebrate The Spooky Season Safely
There is no better way to end the month of October than by celebrating Halloween.
Inspired by the upcoming spooky spectacle, we’re talking about Halloween Safety in what we are calling #BeSeenOnHalloween!
Whether you are hoping to receive tricks or treats, we want to give you some great tips for making sure you can celebrate Halloween safely.
October marks the season for carving pumpkins into spooky faces or works of art. It’s a truly messy activity full of fun that can be enjoyed by everyone. We certainly enjoy it here at The Safety Centre. However, it is important to make sure that we stay safe whilst we are doing this.
Make sure you when you are carving you:
- Are in an area that is well lit. You need to be able to see everything clearly, especially if you are planning to use a knife to do all of the carving.
- Make sure all of your tools, pumpkin and hands are kept dry. Carving pumpkins is a messy business and can make surfaces slippery, increasing the risk of you cutting or injuring yourself.
- Keep sharp objects out of reach and out of sight of children. If you are allowing them the carve the pumpkin, make sure you supervise them at all times.
- Consider using a pumpkin carving kit. These kits are designed to be used to carve pumpkins and are much easier to use than sharp knives.
Treat Candles With Care
Candles are popular when celebrating Halloween, often being used in pumpkins to give them a spooky glow.
However, it is important to remember that candles can be dangerous, especially when left unattended. The flickering flame can get into all kinds of mischief, leading to the possibility of fires starting, or serious burns like the ones experienced by Claudia Winkleman’s daughter.
If you are planning on using candles, please make sure you:
- Put the flame out before leaving the room.
- Never leave them within reach of small children or animals. A small bump is all it takes to lead to a nasty accident occurring, especially since many costumes are considered toys and aren’t flame retardant.
- Keep candles away from curtains or decorations. Make sure you do the same for any decorations you have outside as a gust of wind can make a small flame much bigger.
- Consider using LED candles as a great alternative that can be left unattended. However, please still make sure that these are out of reach and sight of children and animals.
Going Out Trick Or Treating
One of the best parts about Halloween is the large amount of sweets you get from trick or treating!
However, let’s not forget that the majority of trick or treating is done when it is dark. A dark night may be a great time for Halloween, but not for being seen. At The Safety Centre, we always say that it is not easy to see everyone when it gets darker, especially if they are wearing dark clothes. It is important to remember that drivers will still be using the roads and may not be able to see you, which can be dangerous. #BeSeenOnHalloween!
To avoid any accidents, make sure you either wear or have something bright on you to make it easier for them to spot you, such as a reflective coat, armband or flashing lights.
If you are planning to let your children go out with their friends without you, just remember to tell them to:
- Stick to routes that are familiar to them.
- Tell you:
Where they are going
Who they are going with
What time they will be back
If these change at any point during the night, make sure you ask them to update you as soon as they can.
For more information about the educational services we offer, please get in touch with The Safety Centre team on 01908 263009 or email firstname.lastname@example.org