In the upcoming weeks, the days will grow shorter, the weather colder, and many will begin preparations for events like Halloween, Bonfire Night, and the festive season. Be sure to follow these top safety tips as part of your planning, so you and your loved ones have a safe and enjoyable time.


Electrical sockets and chargers:

  • Check your electrical sockets and chargers for any damage or faults. Replace them if needed.
  • Use surge protection extension cables when plugging in multiple devices and avoid overloading sockets.
  • Ensure that cables are long enough to reach without needing multiple extension leads, as this can cause electrical faults.
  • Check your fairy lights are in good working order and replace any bulbs that have blown. Always unplug your lights when you leave the house or when you sleep.


  • Keep candles away from flammable items like Christmas trees, curtains, cards, ribbons, or decorations.
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended. Extinguish them completely before leaving the room or going to sleep.
  • Keep candles out of reach of small children and pets.

Bonfires and fireworks:

  • Attending an organised event with a professional firework display is safer and more spectacular.
  • Bonfire Night should not be viewed as a chance to burn waste or household rubbish. They should be recycled or disposed of using the household collection service or at one of the waste and recycling centres across the region.
  • If you're using fireworks, carefully follow the provided instructions. Never return to a lit firework, even if it hasn't gone off yet.
  • Stand well back from bonfires and fireworks.
  • Never throw or light fireworks in the street.
  • Above all please be mindful the distress fireworks have on pets, wildlife and people.

Cooking safely:

  • Avoid wearing fancy dress costumes or flowing clothing near open flames or heat sources, as they can easily catch fire.
  • Stay attentive while cooking and never leave pans unattended, take them off the heat if you have to leave the room.
  • Never leave a child unattended when cooking.
  • When you have finished cooking, ensure your oven and hob is switched off.

Road safety in wintry conditions:

  • Drive to the conditions of the road and allow for extra travel time and maintain a safe following distance.
  • Check your vehicle's tyres, brakes, and lights to ensure they are in good working order.
  • When walking during darker mornings and evenings, wear reflective clothing or accessories to increase visibility to road users.