It’s that time of year when the little seaside village of Pontypandy comes alive with spooky goings on, fireworks and bonfire nights. All the children are excited to dress up in their Halloween costumes and wrap up warm for the local fireworks. Station Officer Steele and his crew find themselves on high alert, all wishing they could ASBO Norman Stanley Price safely home for an early curfew for the rest of the winter.
Fireman Sam’s Safety Hero School
Luckily for Norman and all the other children in the country, Fireman Sam’s Safety Hero School is on hand with some very important safety tips. In fact, the famous fire station recruited celebs Billie Faiers and Greg Shepherd along with the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) to help spread the word. The celebrity duo accompanied Fireman Sam on a Halloween and Bonfire night safety mission to The Phileas Fox nursery school in Maida Vale, London, where tips and advice on fire safety were shared.
Listen up, kids, To be a safety hero this autumn, you must remember the following…
Fireman Sam’s firework and bonfire night safety tips
Everybody loves firework night. It’s very exciting, but it’s also very dangerous. Listen to your grown-up about where is safe to stand.
- Wrap up warm and leave your dressing up clothes at home. Wear layers, gloves, hats, scarfs and a thick coat.
- Wear sensible shoes or wellies.
- If you’re lucky enough to be given a sparkler, ALWAYS wear gloves and keep them away from your body.
- Keep your sparkler away from others, and stand still. Never run with your sparkler.
- Once your sparkler is finished, put them carefully into a bucket of water, and don’t pick them back up.
- Stand at a safe distance from the bonfire and stay close to the grown-ups.
- Don’t be tempted to throw things into the bonfire or poke at it with sticks.
- If you’re going to a firework display, hold hands with your grown-up and stay with them all the time.
- Be ware of flames, and keep a safe distance back. Look for fire in bonfires, candles, lanterns and lit pumpkins. Keep away from flames, and keep any long and floaty parts of your costume at a safe distance.
- Wear your normal clothes underneath your costume. This will help protect your skin as well as keep you warm.
Remember, STOP, DROP AND ROLL
If you do catch your costume on a flame, don’t panic, remember: STOP, DROP, and ROLL:
STOP what you are doing.
DROP to the ground and cover your face with your hands.
ROLL over and over to put out the flames.
- Practice your STOP, DROP, and ROLL before you go trick or treating and before your bonfire night party. Tell all your friends about it too.
- Take your torch so people can see you.
- Let your grown-up know if you spot candles, lanterns, or lit pumpkins near paths or steps where someone might trip or fall. But don’t try to move them yourself.
- Look for fun decorations and candles that have batteries instead of flames!
Elvis Criddlington’s Halloween safety tips
Out and about
- Trick or trick! If you’re planning on heading out door to door this Halloween, don’t forget to wear bright and colour clothes. You’ll be seen better by cars and other people. Top tip: you could also wear glow sticks to help you stand out from the crowd!
- Take a torch so you can see where you’re going.
- Ditch the scary masks. Outside they make it difficult to see, and harder to hear the traffic around you. Try some super-scary face paints instead. When you’re crossing the road: STOP, LOOK AND LISTEN. Pay attention and stay close to your grown-up.
- Leave your toys, teddies and phones at home when you’re out and about, so all you need to do is keep safe, and have fun!
- Make sure you hold hands with your grown-up, and stay with them at all times.
Other Halloween safety tips by Penny Morris
Carving your pumpkin
- Knives are sharp and pumpkins are hard to cut. Get your grown-up to help you carve your pumpkin and take care!
- Instead of carving your pumpkin, why not face paint it instead? Get arty with marker pens and stick-on decorations.
- Keep your treats safe until you get home. Don’t walk or run with sweets in your mouth, you could choke.
The Fireman Sam Safety Hero School
New family-focussed safety initiative collaboration between Fireman Sam and CAPT, the Fireman Sam Safety Hero School is an entertainment and informative programme of events aimed a pre-schoolers in the UK. Fireman Sam and his crew are busy promoting key safety messages in the areas of fire safety, water safety and safety in the home, as well as road safety and animal safety.
Check out the Fireman Sam Safety Hero School for more information and additional safety tips.
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