With Halloween and Bonfire Night fast approaching, we are joining with Cheshire Fire Service and Cheshire Police to urge people to be sensible and safe over the next few weeks.
As part of this campaign, a variety of Halloween and bonfire activities will be taking place across our neighbourhoods to engage with and keep young people entertained
Every year, countless people risk being injured or burnt in the run up to the bonfire season when lighting bonfires and setting off fireworks.
Here are our top tips to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time over the next few weeks:
Don’t go it alone
We want everyone to have a good time, so If you’re going trick or treating , don’t go out alone. Make sure you stay with a group, or go with an adult who knows where you’re going and when to expect you back.
Not everyone is into Halloween
Some of us love the dressing up and gorging on sweets until we puke, but Halloween isn’t for everyone. If you see a poster in someone’s window, please respect it and move on to the next house.
Download the following Halloween Yes & No posters to stick in your window.
Be careful crossing roads in the dark, and remember to carry a torch.
Eggs and flour are for baking
Leave the eggs and flour to Mary Berry… she knows what she’s doing. It’s not just firework sales that the police are clamping down on over the next weeks – so don’t throw them.
Keep it clean
We have been doing our bit over the past few weeks, but please put your bins away and do not fly tip or leave flammable materials lying around that could be used to build bonfires. Wheelie bins can become easy targets over the bonfire period. Please only put your bin out on the day of collection , and bring it back in immediately. If you haven’t already, its also worth buying a padlock to
Head to an official display
Our advice to the public is to stay safe and attend organised events - they provide the best entertainment, value for money and also ensure that families no longer need to put themselves at risk from the dangers of back-garden bonfire and firework parties.
You can find a list of local displays here
Every deliberate fire has victims, costs and consequences. Fire setting is an offence. Don't accept it, please report it.
- In Cheshire East report unlit dangerous bonfires by calling 0300 123 5011
- In Cheshire West And Chester report unlit dangerous bonfires by calling 0300 123 7026
If you come across a fire that poses a life-threatening risk, always call 999.
You can also report any incidents to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 if you have information about who is responsible. You won’t have to give your name or go to court.
If you have any concerns about a child or young person playing with or showing an unhealthy interest in fire, please contact your local community fire station or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
It is not just at Halloween and Bonfire Night when unexpected callers turn up on your doorstep.
- Remember official visitors should always make an appointment beforehand
- Look through the door view or window to see who is outside.
- If you decide to open the door, put the chain or bar on first.
- Check the caller's details before you let them into your home. Telephone the relevant organisation to confirm the caller's identity
- Do not rely on a phone number that the caller gives you.