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Halloween and fireworks celebrations

Please remember to stay safe during Halloween and firework festivities

We want every member of the community to enjoy the Halloween and bonfire periods safely and responsibly. Please respect householders’ privacy if your children are out trick or treating and use fireworks safely and within the law.

In the run up to Halloween, shops are being asked to display posters stating that they will not sell eggs to under 18s. As Fireworks Night draws closer the partnership is distributing firework safety posters to shopkeepers and asking them to put the information on display.

The key reminders from the partnership for Halloween are:

  • Never let young children go trick or treating on their own and make sure they only visit people known to your family
  • Advise young trick or treaters to stay in a group and never go into the home of someone they do not know
  • Make sure teenagers understand not to frighten people or use flour or eggs
  • Do not knock at doors displaying no trick or treat signs
  • Be aware that an unexpected knock on the door after dark could alarm an elderly or vulnerable person
  • Act responsibly
  • Be safe, be seen. Wear high visibility clothing and stay in well lit areas.

During firework celebrations

  • Remember fireworks can hurt and frighten people and animals
  • It is safer to go to an organised display
  • Always supervise children around fireworks and never give sparklers to a child under 5
  • If you are an adult and still want to buy your own fireworks only buy those marked BS 7114:1988 from a reputable retailer.
  • If is an offence to:
    • sell adult fireworks to anyone under 18
    • have fireworks meant for a professional display
    • let off fireworks after 11pm and before 7am, except on Bonfire Night (allowed up until midnight), New Year’s Eve, Diwali and the Chinese New Year (all allowed up until 1am).
  • You can also be fined up to £5,000 and imprisoned for up to 6 months for selling or using fireworks illegally.  You could also get an on-the-spot fine of £90
  • More on fireworks and the law »

Sparklers

A simple sparkler can burn up to a temperature of 2,000 degrees centigrade, so they should NEVER be given to a child under the age of five. Always treat fireworks with care and respect.