Halloween - fire safety tips:
- It is far safer to use flickering LED candles than real candles in pumpkins and as part of displays.
- Make sure that fancy dress costumes and masks are labelled as flame-resistant.
- Don't use flammable materials to make home-made costumes. Be especially careful about using bin liners as capes
- Keep children away from naked flames and don’t let them carry lit candles or lanterns with a real candle in them.
- If you must use candles make sure they are securely placed in a correct holder away from curtains, cushions and draughts in a place where they are not likely to be knocked over.
- Make sure candles are extinguished when you go to bed.
- If you are using decorative lights in your home, ensure that electricity sockets are not overloaded and that they’re switched off at the socket at night. If clothing catches fire - stop, drop and roll.
In the event that clothing does catch fire - remember to STOP, DROP and ROLL:
- Stop where you are. Do not run. Running can make things worse.
- Drop to the ground. Lay flat with your legs out straight.
- Cover your eyes and mouth with your hands.
- Roll over and over and back and forth until the flames are out.
- Get help straight away.
Candle fire safety tips:
- Always extinguish candles before moving them.
- Always use a suitable holder when burning candles
- Keep clothes and hair away from the naked flame.
- Candles should always be sited out of the reach of children and pets.
- Put candles on a heat-resistant surface (note - TVs are not fire resistant objects).
- Extinguish candles before you leave a room and never go to sleep with a candle still burning.