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Halloween and Bonfire Night

Please see below information  and advice on Bonfire Night and Halloween from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service:

 

Due to the current difficulties we're experiencing due to Covid, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service are trialling different ways we can get our safety messages across to students for key events, such as Halloween and Bonfire Night. Every year these two events have the potential to create a lot of work for us, and we feel  that risk may increase  this year due to organised events being cancelled.

 

Halloween may be different this year but if you’re planning to celebrate by decorating your home please follow our tips below to help you have a spooktacularly safe time:

·       Make sure you follow guidance on social distancing and restrictions on households mixing

·       Consider using battery operated lights within homemade lanterns and pumpkins, they are much safer than candles

·       If you are going to use candles:

    • Make sure they are secured in a proper holder and away from materials that may catch fire – like curtains or decorations
    • 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
    • If you’re using plastic capes and bin bags as part of costumes, keep them away from candles and other naked flames. In the event that clothing does catch fire - remember to STOPDROP 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

Remember - stay safe and have fun!

 

BONFIRE NIGHT

We are asking everyone to show RESPECT this Bonfire Night.

Whilst most people enjoy fireworks responsibly, in the wrong hands they can cause real misery. Remember that fireworks are explosives, and as such should be treated with respect and only used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and the Firework Code.

With many organised events cancelled, emergency services are preparing for a busier night than usual as people celebrate in their own gardens.

If you are thinking about organising a home display, think carefully, plan carefully and follow the Firework Code. 

·       Make sure you follow guidance on social distancing and restrictions on households mixing

·       Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable, and ensure it finishes before 11pm

·       Only buy fireworks which carry the CE mark, keep them in a closed box and use them one at a time

·       Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary

·       Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back

·       Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks

·       Never return to a firework once it has been lit

·       Don't put fireworks in pockets and never throw them

·       Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators

If you’re having a bonfire:

·       Check for hedgehogs and other wildlife before lighting your bonfire.

·       Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire.

·       Don’t build bonfires close to trees, hedges or sheds.

·       Don’t leave bonfires unattended.

·       Make sure that the bonfire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving.

 

Many thanks, and have a wonderful Half Term!

 

Georgie and Luke

 

Georgie Jackson
Community Safety Officer
Ryedale/Scarborough

 

Luke Dixon

Community Safety Officer

Whitby/Scarborough

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