Trick or treat and firework advice

The ambulance service is urging parents to pass on a few simple tips and advice to children ahead of this year's Halloween and bonfire night celebrations.

East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) director of operations Neil Storey said: 'Potentially our crews may be required to attend incidents during the lead up to the event and on both nights. Fireworks used properly are safe and accidents are avoidable. However, they can cause devastating injuries if safety precautions are not followed.'

He added: 'Now that the cold dark nights have finally drawn in and the weather conditions are changing, a few simple tips may prevent an unnecessary journey to the local accident and emergency department. Whilst out trick or treating, wear appropriate clothing and footwear, preferably something reflective. Remember, be safe and be seen.

'We recommend that people go along to a professionally-organised public display. But, if you are planning to host your own event, we urge you exercise caution and make safety a priority to ensure everyone has a good time without getting hurt.'

Here are the ambulance service's tips to make the celebrations go smoothly:

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• Make sure an adult always accompanies children trick or treating, never let them go out alone

• When you are out trick or treating always carry a torch, and remember to walk and not run

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• Wear something reflective so you can be seen in the dark, remember be safe and be seen

• Make sure you use the green cross code and stick to the pavements

• Trick or treaters, please stay close to your home and stay in streets that you all know

• Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable

• Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time

• Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary

• Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks

• Never return to a firework once it has been lit

• Don't put fireworks in pockets and never throw them

• Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators

• Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire

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