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Have a spooktastic and safe Halloween

23rd October 2016

Don’t let Halloween become scary for all the wrong reasons. Follow our tips below to have a safe time.

  • Use battery operated lights within homemade lanterns and pumpkins. Battery operated lights are much safer than candles.
  • If you’re using plastic capes and bin bags as part of your costume, keep them away from candles and other naked flames
  • In the event that clothing does catch fire - remember to STOP, DROP and ROLL:
    • Stop where you are. Do not run
    • 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

If you are going to use candles follow our safety tips below

  • Make sure candles are secured in a proper holder and away from materials that may catch fire – like curtains.
  • Children should not be left alone with lit candles. Put candles out when you leave the room, and make sure they’re put out completely at night.
  • Do not burn several candles close together as this might cause flaring

Don’t let young children go trick-or-treating on their own, make sure you accompany them and only visit people you know.

With older children remind them to stay with their friends and never enter the home of a stranger.

If you’re driving somewhere over the Halloween period, remember that there may be a lot of children around so take extra care.

Further personal safety information for Halloween is available on the North Yorkshire Police website:


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