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Halloween and Bonfire Safety Advice

Published Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Young people are being warned to take sensible precautions into the run up to Halloween and Bonfire night to make sure they have fun and stay safe.

Enfield Council, the Metropolitan Police and London Fire Brigade will be working together to tackle deliberate fire setting and nuisance behaviour and make sure people stay safe during the run up to both events.

Enfield Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Officers and Youth Workers will be on the streets ahead of Halloween (October 31), to nip potential problems in the bud and also to advise young people about how to trick or treat safely and without causing alarm or distress to residents who don’t want to participate while officers will be reporting and removing fly tips promptly to reduce the chances of arson in the run up to Bonfire Night (November 5).

The council is also urging retailers not to sell eggs or flour to people under the age of 18 during Halloween week, to avoid potential problems associated with the “trick” element of Trick or treating.

Trading Standards Officers will be visiting retailers who sell fireworks reminding them the items can only be sold to over 18s, and warning them they face prosecution if they fail to heed the warnings. Selling fireworks to children can result in a fine of up to £5,000.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “We aren’t killjoys and we don’t want to ruin anyone’s fun but we know that while many people enjoy taking part in the festivities surrounding Halloween and Bonfire Night, there will also be members of the public who would prefer not to be disturbed

“Our job is to make sure everyone remains safe and we’re encouraging residents to be as considerate as they can to other as they can when enjoying these festivities so that they go with a bang – for all the right reasons.

”We will also be working with retailers who sell fireworks to make sure they are well aware of their responsibilities and warn them we will be prosecuting them if they are stupid and irresponsible enough to sell fireworks to children.

"We strongly recommend that residents who want to enjoy a fantastic fireworks display attend the Enfield Scouts 40th Anniversary display at Enfield Town Park on 1 November from 6pm. ”

Chief Inspector Sharon Harding, from Enfield Police said: “We have a policing plan around Halloween, Bonfire Night and the Enfield Town fireworks display to ensure everyone can enjoy the festivities safely. We want residents to have fun but be responsible and not break the law so that everyone can enjoy this period safely."

Bonfire safety:

If you must light a bonfire, in connection with a fireworks display, then:
• Site well away from houses, garages, sheds, fences, overhead cables, trees and shrubs and always away from fireworks
• Before lighting the fire check that no pets or children are hiding inside it
• Never use flammable liquids - paraffin or petrol - to light the fire
• Don't burn foam-filled furniture, aerosols, and tins of paint or bottles
• Keep everyone away from the fire - especially children, who must be supervised all the time
• For an emergency keep buckets of water, the garden hose or a fire extinguisher ready
• Pour water on the embers before leaving

Firework safety for adults:

• Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114
• Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks
• Keep fireworks in a closed boxFollow the instructions on each firework
• Light at arm's length, using a taper
• Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them
• Always supervise children around fireworks
• Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves

Firework safety for under 18's:

• You must be 18 years old before you can buy a firework
• You must be 18 years old to have a firework in the street
• Wear gloves if you are holding a sparkler
• Never give sparklers to children under 5 years old
• Keep pets indoors
• Stand well back
• Never go near a firework that has been lit
• Even if it hasn’t gone off, it could still explode
• Only adults should touch fireworks, it's best to go to an organised display

Halloween Advice:

• Adults should always accompany children when trick or treating. Young people should never go trick or treating alone.
• Do not knock on the doors of strangers - only go to people you know. Never go into a stranger’s house
• Always keep to well-lit areas. Wear bright clothing and always carry a torch. Remember road safety
• Unless pre-arranged, do not visit elderly members of the community. Be careful not to frighten vulnerable people.
• Keep your tricks within the law - anything that results in damage is an offence and will be dealt with as such.

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