Seasonal advice

By following a few pieces of basic safety advice you can help to make sure the holidays are fun for everyone.

Halloween 

If you don’t know who is calling at your door, you don’t have to answer it. 

Look through a spyhole or window before opening the door if you’re unsure, and have your door chain in place if you do answer. If you feel threatened in your home, call 999. 

If you don’t want trick or treaters to knock at your door, you can put up a ‘no trick or treaters’ sign and close your curtains. 

If you are part of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, let your coordinator know that you will be on your own at Halloween. As a coordinator, you should identify people in your scheme that may be vulnerable and offer them reassurance.

If your child is going out trick or treating, make sure they:

  • go out in a group and are accompanied by an adult
  • have a route planned and agree on a time they will be home
  • are respectful of other people’s property
  • have their mobile phone and a torch
  • are careful when crossing roads
  • know not to talk to strangers on the street or accept lifts
  • know not to go inside anyone's house

Bonfire night

Fireworks can cause serious damage or injury if not used correctly, so always follow the instructions. Keep them away from property, trees, fences, bushes or vehicles and always stand a safe distance away when setting them off. 

An organised display is the best way to enjoy fireworks safely. 

If you do decide to have your own display remember:

  • you must be over 18 to buy fireworks
  • letting off a firework in a public place is an offence
  • you are breaking the law if you let off fireworks between 11pm - 7am (this is extended to midnight on Bonfire night)
  • make sure fireworks conform to British Standards BS 7114, EN 14035 or EN 15947

Remember not to forget your pets. Keep them safe indoors and make sure they have a comfortable, quiet space to relax in. 

Festivals

Most people going to a festival want to enjoy the music and soak up the atmosphere, but unfortunately they can also be a prime target for thieves. 

There are a few easy steps you can take to make going to a festival safer: 

  • pack lightly and leave valuables at home if possible
  • register your items with Immobilise for free before you go
  • consider getting insurance that covers losses at festivals for items which are expensive to replace
  • keep any valuables with you at all times, and take them to bed with you
  • look out for your friends and stick together
  • don’t leave valuables on show in your car
  • be careful of the items you have on show when walking around.

There is a zero tolerance policy towards possession of drugs at festivals. If you are caught bringing drugs into a festival you could be arrested, removed from the site and face a criminal record. 

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