We’ve put together a few tips to help you and your family stay safe this Halloween:
- Use face paint instead of masks. Masks can make it difficult to see and breathe, especially for young children or anyone with breathing difficulties. Non-toxic face paint is a safer and a more comfortable alternative.
- Stay in well-lit places and avoid unfamiliar areas. If you’re trick-or-treating with children, be sure to stay close by and supervise them at all times. Wear reflective clothing and use glow sticks to make yourself and your children more visible to drivers. Try starting your trick-or-treating early as this will help your children be more visible.
- Be aware of food allergies and avoid unwrapped sweets. If you’re handing out sweets, be sure to offer a variety of options, including non-chocolate and allergy-friendly treats, such as those without nuts. If you’re trick-or-treating, inspect all treats before eating any and throw away those that are unwrapped or look suspicious. Make sure younger children are observed when eating to prevent them from choking.
- Choose flame-resistant costumes, beards, and wigs. Make sure your costume has a UKCA or CE mark, which means it has been fire-tested.
- Use LED or battery-operated lights instead of candles. Candles can be a fire hazard, especially if they are knocked over. LED or battery-operated lights are a safer alternative. The best thing to do is keep children away from naked flames and if possible, avoid flames completely.
Remember please only call 999 for life-threatening emergencies. There are other healthcare options out there for less serious incidents such as walk-in centres, your GP, pharmacies or by getting advice and support from NHS 111 online.