Fire service's Creep Safe campaign to protect your little horrors this Halloween

Parents are being urged to 'give candles a break and keep them fake' and be Covid compliant

By Alison Bagley
Monday, 26th October 2020, 1:55 pm
Updated Monday, 26th October 2020, 1:58 pm
Keep safe this Halloween
Keep safe this Halloween

Emergency services in Northamptonshire are urging parents and children to ‘Creep Safe’ this Halloween to prevent serious injures as they celebrate the spooky festival.

Covid-19 restrictions mean that this year Northamptonshire Police is discouraging trick or treating, a decision supported by Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) as an emergency service partner.

As people will be continuing to dress up and celebrate in their homes with families NFRS is encouraging familes not to use real candles in their pumpkins and in and around their homes.

Join in the pumpkin trail

Prevention team leader Darren Carson said: “We really hope families will enjoy their Halloween celebrations this year, but we want them to stay as safe as possible.

“I would ask that people please think carefully about their candle use, never leave children or pets alone with candles and, wherever possible, do not use real candles at all.

"There are many artificial candles on the market which will recreate a cosy glow without leaving people at risk from fire.”

In 2019, firefighters attended 13 candle fire incidents in Northamptonshire and in six of these cases people suffered burns and/or smoke inhalation.

An NFRS spokeman said: "This year we are encouraging people to please use artificial lights such as battery-powered candles instead of naked flames."

Families have also been invited to take part in a pumpkin trail instead of trick or treating this year.

They can download a ‘petrifying’ pumpkin picture, colour it in, then display it proudly in their window.

Throughout this season, NFRS will be sharing fire safety tips on its website and social media platforms, as well as digitally with schools across the county to help keep families safe.

This work has been funded by the police, fire and crime commissioner.

The spokeman added: "We are encouraging as many people as possible to do this, in the same way as the rainbows were displayed during lockdown.

"With families discouraged from trick or treating, taking part in a pumpkin trail instead will mean keeping a little safer while enjoying Halloween.

"Children can venture out with their siblings and parents or carers to spot as many pumpkin drawings in people’s windows as possible.

"Instead of collecting sweets from neighbours, parents/carers could then reward their youngsters with a treat when they spot a pumpkin."

Anyone wanting to share their creativity with NFRS can send photos to [email protected] or [email protected]

Safety tips this Halloween:

Give candles a break and keep them fake. Please use artificial instead of real candles in pumpkins and as decorations.

If there are any real candles in the house, make sure children and pets are kept well clear.

Whether you are dressing as a vicious vampire or a wicked witch, remember that costumes can catch fire and cause burns.

If costumes catch fire, remember to ‘STOP, DROP AND ROLL’. Stand still, drop to the ground with your hands covering your face, roll from side to side until the flames are out.