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Safety warning ahead of Halloween

Date: 24th October, 2016

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning people to not let Halloween become scary for all the wrong reasons.

Every year on 31 October, children and adults are injured in accidents where candles or fireworks have set fire to costumes and hair. Plastic capes and bin liners, often used as costumes, are also fire risks.

Currently, children’s fancy dress costumes are classified as toys, rather than clothes, and are not covered by the same safety regulations – therefore, there is no requirement for them to be fire proofed or fire retardant. The Chief Fire Officers’ Association has called for this classification to be changed, so that fancy dress costumes are subject to the same safety standards as children’s nightclothes.

Group Manager Karen Adams said: “We don’t want to stop people enjoying Halloween, but we do want them to celebrate safely. There is nothing more terrifying than having a fire at home or seeing your clothes catch fire. Please also follow the advice from our police and council colleagues and don’t frighten and annoy residents by being anti-social.”

The following top tips will help you reduce your fire risk this Halloween:

The Service is also advising people to plan ahead for Bonfire Night, by being aware of the Fireworks Code. Further information can be found at www.dwfire.org.uk/safetyoutdoors

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