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Safety and consideration encouraged this Halloween

PUBLISHED: 11:12 31 October 2014 | UPDATED: 11:12 31 October 2014

Picture: Paul Bennett.

Picture: Paul Bennett.

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As Halloween and bonfire night celebrations draw closer, plans are being put in place to make sure people stay safe.

Cllr Alex Sawyer, Bexley’s Cabinet member for community safety and leisure, said: “As always, we want children and families to be able to have fun at this time of year, but this also has to be balanced with the understanding that not everyone enjoys these activities.

“In particular, older and vulnerable people can find ‘trick or treating’ quite intimidating. They do not know who is giggling or talking loudly on their doorstep in the dark, and that can be frightening for them.

“To help keep this a family fun and safe occasion, we urge parents to accompany their children when trick or treating.”

Richard Welch, London Fire Brigade’s borough commander for Bexley, also has advice for both celebrations.

He said: “The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public organised display. For those planning private parties please remember that fireworks are explosives.

“As such, they need careful handling and storage, and at no time should be seen as something to play with.

“Equally, we want people to be aware of safety around candles at Halloween. Have fun, enjoy yourselves - but please take care.”

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