The South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) has issued advice for staying safe this Hallowe'en.

The service is urging people across the region to enjoy a fun, but safe Hallowe'en. It has shared some important safety advice for those who will be out trick-or-treating or celebrating the spooky event on October 31

The ambulance service can face increased demand during the winter months, so SWASFT is sharing five steps to ensure a safe, but spooktacular Hallowe'en:

  • Ensure that you can be seen in the dark. Wear something reflective and carry a torch so you can be seen by drivers at night.


  • Use LED lights instead of candles as a safer alternative around the home and in pumpkins.


  • Stay away from naked flames, especially when wearing Halloween costumes as they are often made of flammable materials.


  • Ensure young children are accompanied by an adult whilst trick-or-treating, never let them go out alone.


  • Be aware of choking hazards from sweets and chocolates. 


Wayne Darch, Deputy Director of Operations at SWASFT, said: “Hallowe'en is an exciting time of the year, and we want everyone to have a safe, but fun time.  “To ensure we can be there for everyone that needs us in a medical emergency, we are asking people to help us to help you, by following our five steps to a safe Hallowe'en.  “Please choose the right care for you, so we have crews available for patients with the most life-threatening conditions.” In a life-threatening emergency, dial 999 and request an ambulance. For non-life-threatening emergencies, people can access appropriate care by visiting NHS 111 online, contacting their GP or getting advice from a pharmacy.