Last year alone we received nearly 12,000 calls to our 999 service during October 31st and November 1st.
We see many injuries with multiple causes all year round, some of which are more likely to happen on busy holidays. To ensure you have a spooktacular Halloween, we are sharing some safety awareness tips for those who will be out and about celebrating, at parties or trick or treating this weekend.
- Make sure you wear something bright to ensure you are visible to car drivers or carry a torch
- Ensure your little people are accompanied as they venture out to the streets. Stick to well-lit neighbourhoods and avoid dark paths
- If you are a motorist, take care when driving and be aware there could be many more pedestrians out and about in the dark than usual
- Never leave burning candles in pumpkins or lanterns, better still replace them with torches and LED lights
- Some costumes can be a fire risk, make sure whatever costume you make yourself or buy from the shops is flame-resistant
- Switch up masks for non-toxic make-up, making it easier for you to see and breathe
- For the adults, drink in moderation and have plenty of soft drinks and plan your journey home when on a night out.
For more helpful tips to stay safe, please watch the video below.
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.