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Safety first to make Hallowe’en in East Lancashire a treat
9:20am Thursday 25th October 2012 in News
PARENTS are being urged by the North West Ambulance Service to ensure this Hallowe’en is a treat for their children Traditionally, emergency 999 calls to NWAS soar on Hallowe’en but the service believes this could be avoided if the public followed simple safety advice.
The service is urging parents to make sure they always accompany children when they are trick or treating, to make sure children carry a torch, glow sick and wear reflective clothing to make them visible to drivers.
Well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes should be worn to avoid blocked vision, which can lead to trips and falls.
Children should also learn how to cross the road properly.
Face paints should also be tested on a small area of skin first to check for irritation.
Director of emergency service at NWAS, Derek Cartwright, said: “Hallowe’en can be an exciting time for children and young people but combined with the dark nights and bad weather, children can be vulnerable to avoidable accidents.
“Emergency calls to the ambulance service soar at this time of years.
“We are urging parents to ensure their children are safe so they can enjoy the night and ambulances are free to attend life-threatening emergencies.”