This year will see the usual autumn holidays celebrated differently. Over the past few weeks, we have been sharing our #BewareWhoYouScare campaign, to remind people of the vulnerable people in our communities who struggle with Halloween. We’ve also provided ideas on celebrating the spooky season from the safety in your own home so no one misses out.
In normal circumstances, we would be planning outings with family and friends to Halloween or Bonfire Night events in the local area. However, this year, most larger events have been cancelled, including firework displays and community bonfires. This is understandable, as social distancing guidelines may not be able to be followed safely.
With these cancellations, Fire and Rescue Service has warned of celebrations on a smaller scale which could cause more danger.
Safety on Bonfire Night will always be a top priority, especially when children and older or more vulnerable people are involved, but this year we will need to be more cautious than ever before. The current guidelines in England vary depending on what tier your local authority has been placed in. The 3 Local COVID Alert Levels introduced this month means families may experience different restrictions depending on where they live; click here to check your postcode. In Wales, a ‘firebreak’ lockdown will start from Friday 23rd October at 6pm. This requires everyone to stay at home and to not meet up with other households either indoors or outside. More information can be found here. Social distancing needs to be adhered too, by keeping 2 metres apart and wearing a face mask.
Although many celebrations have been cancelled, there may still be households who continue to set off fireworks from their own garden. For anyone who isn’t prepared, the sound of loud bangs and screeching of a firework can be startling to vulnerable people.
If you are planning on hosting your own Bonfire Night party with your household, keeping everyone safe and secure is important. Most bonfire night related accidents occur at small parties so make sure you have thoroughly planned out the evening and have put safety procedures in place. Ensure you keep your neighbours informed of your plans and when to expect more noise than usual. Visit fireservice.co.uk for more information about keeping safe when having your own bonfire and firework evening and for fire safety resources.
At Heritage Healthcare, our care team provide expert care to help more people to remain living in the comfort of their own home for longer. With our support, many older and vulnerable people can feel safe with the help of our trained carers. We provide personal care, household help, companionship and complex needs, creating a bespoke care plan based on the client’s needs and wishes.
(Information in this article was correct on date of publication: 27/10/20)