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Ambulance service offers Halloween safety advice

The South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) is urging people across the region to enjoy a fun, but safe Halloween.

The service is sharing some important safety advice for those who will be out trick-or-treating or celebrating the spooky event on Tuesday 31 October.

The ambulance service can face increased demand during the winter months, so SWASFT is sharing five steps to ensure a safe, but spooktacular Halloween:

  • Ensure that you can be seen in the dark. Wear something reflective and carry a torch so you can be seen by drivers at night.
  • Use LED lights instead of candles as a safer alternative around the home and in pumpkins.
  • Stay away from naked flames, especially when wearing Halloween costumes as they are often made of flammable materials.
  • Ensure young children are accompanied by an adult whilst trick-or-treating, never let them go out alone.
  • Be aware of choking hazards from sweets and chocolates.

Wayne Darch, Deputy Director of Operations at SWASFT, said: “Halloween is an exciting time of the year, and we want everyone to have a safe, but fun time.

“To ensure we can be there for everyone that needs us in a medical emergency, we are asking people to help us to help you, by following our five steps to a safe Halloween.

“Please choose the right care for you, so we have crews available for patients with the most life-threatening conditions.”

In a life-threatening emergency, dial 999 and request an ambulance. For non-life-threatening emergencies, people can access appropriate care by visiting NHS 111 online, contacting their GP or getting advice from a pharmacy.

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