Avoid the real scares of Hal­loween night

Po­lice of­fer tips in a bid to keep fes­tiv­i­ties safe

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alan Hayes alan.hayes@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

AS HAL­LOWEEN and the sea­son for fire­works ap­proaches, Hilling­don Coun­cil has pro­duced some tips to help ev­ery­one en­joy the fes­tiv­i­ties safely.

Put a po­lite note on your door if you do not want to be vis­ited by trick or treaters.

If you want to give Hal­loween trick or treaters sweets, re­mem­ber to keep them close to the front door so you can speak to them eas­ily, or close your door fully if you need to go and find some­thing.

Use your door chain when you open your door to any­one you do not know.

If you have got can­dles or tea lights around your house, make sure you put them in heat resistant hold­ers. Al­ways make sure ev­ery can­dle is fully ex­tin­guished be­fore you go out or go to bed.

Re­mem­ber to leave a light on in­doors if you are go­ing to be out, but if you are leav­ing lights on it is even more im­por­tant to keep your cur­tains closed and put valu­ables out of sight

Check your out­side lights work in ad­vance of fes­tiv­i­ties. They will help you see who is at your front door and will help you open your door if you come home in the dark

Do a last cut back of your hedges at the front of your house. Do not give crim­i­nals a hid­ing place be­hind high plants that screen them from the road.

Only buy fire­works from rep­utable re­tail­ers and look for those marked BS7114.

Do not let fire­works off after 11pm, ex­cept on Novem­ber 5, when you must not let off fire­works after mid­night, and on Di­wali not after 1am

Fire­works frighten an­i­mals. Keep your cats, dogs and pets safe and se­cure in­doors when fire­works are likely to be set off.

Hal­loween, bon­fire night and the days run­ning up to them are tra­di­tion­ally some of the busiest nights of the year for var­i­ous coun­cil de­part­ments, Hilling­don Po­lice and the fire bri­gade.

Coun­cil­lor

Dou­glas Mills, cab­i­net mem­ber for com­mu­nity, com­merce and re­gen­er­a­tion, said: “We want ev­ery­one to en­joy the fes­tiv­i­ties safely and also to show con­sid­er­a­tion for oth­ers.

“We will take ac­tion against peo­ple mis-sell­ing fire­works or caus­ing an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour.”

Call 101 to re­port non­emer­gency is­sues to the po­lice or re­port anti-so­cial be­hav­iour at www. hilling­don.gov.uk/asb.

The coun­cil’s anti-so­cial be­hav­iour in­ves­ti­ga­tions team also op­er­ates an outof-hours ser­vice, on Thurs­days from 8pm2am, Fri­days and Satur­days from 9pm-3am and on Sun­days from 7pm-1am.

It can be con­tacted on 01895 250 111.

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