The council is working with partners including Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service and Merseyside Police to ensure everyone can celebrate the Halloween and firework season in safety by sharing the following advice in the run up to Bonfire Night:
- Attend organised bonfire/firework displays.
- Lock away any building materials if you’re having work done, particularly if any of them could be used to cause damage to property or person.
- Make sure your wheelie bin is stored somewhere safe – don’t leave them in the open as they can be a target for vandals.
- Keep pets indoors – they may get frightened by fireworks.
- Look out for elderly or vulnerable neighbours, particularly on key evenings, as they may need extra assurance. Taking the time to sit with them for a short period, or having a cup of tea can make a real difference.
- If you are using fireworks, remember to follow the Firework Code.
- Halloween costumes can easily catch fire from naked flames such as candles, fires, lighters and matches – keep children well away from naked flames and other heat sources.
- Pumpkins are great fun to carve but take extra care when lighting them – make sure no loose clothing is near them and consider using an LED battery operated tea light instead of candles.