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Stay safe at Halloween

Young people, parents and guardians can have a safe and enjoyable Halloween by following a few simple tips, the county’s communities leader has said.

They include ensuring costumes are safe and flame resistant, making sure adults accompany younger children when out and about and being careful if using candles.

Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for communities and the environment Gill Heath said:

“Anyone buying Halloween costumes are advised to do so from reputable traders and should always check they are flame resistant.

“It is also recommended that children’s costumes are not loose and don’t have trailing fabric. People buying face paints or make-up should again only buy from reputable shops and check the packaging displays product ingredients. Parents may want to consider using torches and battery-operated lanterns rather than candles.”

Young children should always be accompanied by an adult when out and about, particularly as Halloween falls in the first week of darker evenings.

People also need to be considerate to those who don’t want to take part in any celebrations.

Gill added:

“We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable time at Halloween and importantly to respect people’s wishes not to be involved. While most safety advice is a case of applying common sense, it’s always a good idea to remind ourselves as we approach annual events.”