Halloween and Bonfire Night are great for people who like to dress up, watch a parade and fireworks or have a party, including the Niton Team. On Friday we sent a group to Fright Night at Tulley’s Farm to be frightened and disgusted….turns out we have some real scaredy cats on the team!
However there are also some people who dread this time of year and can be quite intimidated by it. There is a lot of guidance published each year by police and Councils on how you and your family can have a good time but at the same time stay safe and respect others.
|KEEP SAFE||RESPECT OTHERS|
|Don't go trick or treating on your own||If someone has a no trick or treating sign up don't ring the doorbell. They may be elderly & on their own and feel vulnerable or intimidated by strangers in costume knocking on their door in the dark.
|Check your Treats - Throw away anything unwrapped or out of date|
|Only visit houses you know|
|If you decide to have your own bonfire, be careful where you put it! Keep it away from buildings, sheds, fences & trees||Let your neighbours know if you are planning a bonfire. If they know what to expect it is less likely they will complain about smoke etc.
|Be careful what you burn. Damp wood can create more smoke, and painted or treated wood could release black smoke or noxious fumes.||You cannot let off fireworks between 11pm and 7am (with the exception of New Years Eve, Diwali, Chines New Year and 5th November where the curfew is 1am), but be considerate to your neighbours. Let them know what you are planning, especially if they have young children or pets. Just because you can set fireworks off until 11pm (or 1pm on 05-11-13) doesn't mean you have to.|
|Always have a hose or bucket of water on standby and make sure once the bonfire dies down it is sprayed with water to prevent any embers re-igniting|
Bonfires are usually accompanied by fireworks. Organised displays are the safest and easiest way to enjoy fireworks (you can just sit back and watch someone else’s hard work!), and your local Council or bonfire society will probably have details of displays and parades near you. You will often find that events will have food vendors, street entertainers or even late night shopping and fairground rides to really up the entertainment for the whole family.
If you want to get your own fireworks make sure they are suitable. If you ensure they are stored safely and out of reach of children, and make sure you read the instructions and safety advice before using them, there is no reason you can’t have your own mini display.
- Category 1: Marked INDOOR. Suitable for use in domestic buildings
- Category 2: Marked OUTDOOR. For use in gardens and paddocks etc. You will need to allow a safe distance of at least 5 meters between the fireworks and spectators
- Category 3: Marked DISPLAY. These are for large outdoor areas where there is a minimum safe distance of 25 meters between the fireworks and spectators
- Category 4: PROHIBITED. Unless you are professionally trained and qualified you cannot be in possession of category 4 fireworks
There are also a few tips for personal safety when out and about over Halloween, Bonfire Night and in the run up to Christmas, bearing in mind there’s a good chance it will be dark and there are likely to be lots of strangers around, possibly in costume.
- Stay in well lit areas and take a torch – Avoid shortcuts through isolated areas. If you think you are being followed head for a crowded area and tell someone or call the police.
- Don’t carry unnecessary valuables. Whatever you do have to carry try to keep concealed, or separate things so you have your phone in your jacket pocket, money in your trouser pocket etc.
- Do not accept lifts from people you don’t know or an unregistered taxi. If you are booking a taxi, be aware that other people might overhear your address. Always sit in the back
All this information is from Council and police websites so you will be able to check your local area for news on what’s on, how to stay safe or report nuisance or dangerous behaviour, and even download ‘No trick or Treaters’ posters.