Parental Choice sought advice from Roma Feldstein at Safe and Sound on staying safe on Halloween and Bonfire nights.
She shared her knowledge and tips on what to look out for when buying costumes for Halloween and what to do in the event of a burn injury, the safe use of sparklers and fireworks and how to create the safest bonfire.
At the moment there are several safety marks. The CE Mark indicates a product may be legally offered for sale in any country within the European Union. EN 71 is the European standard specification for toys – and children’s fancy dress costumes also come under this category.
Recent figures show that in the four weeks around bonfire night around 1,000 people per year are treated in hospital casualty departments because of an accident with a firework. Not surprisingly more boys than girls were injured.
Apparently over 40 per cent of all accidents occur at a family or private party and a further 30 per cent in the street or other public place with only around 10 per cent happening at large public displays. Rockets cause more accidents than any other type of firework but even the common sparkler can cause accidents particularly with young children. Nearly one in ten firework accidents were with sparklers. They are HOT, super-hot and they remain one of the most dangerous fireworks in terms of accident statistics simply because they are taken for granted. Think about it – a metal rod with a thin coating of pyrotechnic compound which heats up to several hundred degrees Celsius!
Bonfires should be at least 18 metres (60 feet) from the house, trees, hedges and garden sheds
Don’t use petrol paraffin or other flammable liquids, use a domestic firelighter instead
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About Safe and Sound
Safe and Sound is a leading provider of paediatric first aid across the UK and beyond. They offer a range of face to face and online courses covering everything from minor bumps and bashes to the most serious first aid emergencies.
Courses are available in your home or workplace or at their central London venue.
For further details please go to www.safeandsound.uk.net
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