Keep little monsters safe on Halloween
10:01am Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
THE Welsh Ambulance Service is urging Halloween revellers to take extra care when enjoying their spooky celebrations.
The Trust is inviting parents to follow a few simple tips to ensure Halloween is a treat for children - and not a trip to the emergency department.
Calls to the service on October 31 have risen steadily over the last three years - from 420 calls in 2010, to 437 calls in 2011 and 522 calls in 2012.
Mike Collins, Interim Director of Service Delivery at the Welsh Ambulance Service, said: “Halloween is an exciting time for children, but when combined with the dark nights and bad weather, children can be vulnerable to accidents.
“Traditionally, emergency calls to our ambulance service soar at this time of year. We are urging parents to ensure their children are safe so they can enjoy the night and ambulances are free to attend life-threatening emergencies.”
Parents are urged to accompany their children trick or treating, and ensure they carry a torch, glow stick and wear reflective clothing to make them visible to drivers.
Trick or treaters should stay on streets they are familiar with, stick to the pavements and remember to walk and not run.
Well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes should be worn to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls, and children should learn how to cross the road properly as more accidents happen in the dark.
The Trust is inviting people to support NHS Wales’ Choose Well campaign, so that busy emergency services are available to those who need them most urgently.