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ARE YOU PREPARED FOR HALLOWEEN?Monday 31st October 2016

These useful tips from RSA, the leading insurance company, will help you stay safe this Halloween, whether you are at home or out Trick or Treating.

Halloween pumpkin

CANDLE SAFETY

  • Tealights can be one of the biggest house fire culprits, so take extra care to:
  • Always use a suitable heat resistant container for your tealight and place on a stable surface
  • Never place candles near curtains, carpets, fabrics or furniture or in draughts
  • Always keep candles out of reach of pets and children
  • Never place candles close together, allow at least 10cm between them
  • Always check candles are put out properly
  • Never leave candles unattended


PUMPKIN SAFETY

Here are some tips for creating a spooky pumpkin for your party or to display in your window:

  • Carve your pumpkin in a well lit area on a flat surface
  • Draw your pattern on your pumpkin first
  • Use a specially designed pumpkin tool, not a sharp knife
  • Use a battery operated tealight instead of a real flame


TRICK OR TREAT SAFELY

We’d never want to dampen the excitement for children but it’s worth reminding them of the following:

  • Always carry a torch or glow stick and wear something reflective or bright
  • Never knock at houses displaying ‘No Trick or Treat’ signs
  • Always pre-plan your route and tell an adult where you’re going and what time you’ll be back
  • Never enter a stranger’s house or car
  • Always check treats before you eat them, ensure the packaging hasn’t been tampered with
  • Never wear something that restricts your vision. Face paint is better than a mask
  • Always be considerate – only call at homes displaying a pumpkin or lantern

If you live alone and are concerned about Trick or Treaters knocking on your door, or have over-excitable pets, here’s some things you can do to keep calm and safe:

  • If you’re worried about answering the door to groups of children or teenagers put a ‘No Trick or Treat’ sign on your door
  • If you do answer the door be polite and don’t forget children will often have an adult with them so they’re unlikely to be up to mischief

 

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