Neighbourhood policing and school liaison officers will be visiting county schools with fire service personnel to remind pupils to act responsibly and to give advice on the dangers of bonfires and fireworks.
Parents are being urged to make sure they know where their children are and what they are doing and encourage them to attend organised events.
Various activities are being arranged by the council’s youth service from Halloween-themed blue light discos to extra youth club nights and detached youth workers will also be hitting the streets with neighbourhood policing officers on key nights. Half-term activities taking place include mountain biking, coasteering and motocross.
The council’s Executive Board Member for Community Safety Cllr Pam Palmer said: “We want to remind people that they can have fun without it leading to behaviour that causes damage or nuisance. We do not want to be kill joys and spoil people's fun but we understand many residents, particularly the elderly, dread this time of year. My advice for a safe and enjoyable Halloween and Bonfire Night is to show respect for others and act responsibly.”
Trick or treating advice:
• Always go with an adult
• Only go to houses where you or your friends know the people
• Only go to houses displaying the ‘trick or treaters’ welcome poster
• Don’t talk to strangers
• Don’t enter the house, always stay on the doorstep
• Always buy fireworks that conform to British Standards. They should have BS 7114 written on the side of the box
• Keep fireworks in a closed box. Follow the instructions on each firework, light at arm’s length, and stand well back
• Never go near a firework that has been lit. Even if it hasn’t gone off, it could still explode
• Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them
• Always supervise children around fireworks
• Keep pets indoors
• Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks
• Do not set off fireworks in a street or public place
• Attend organised events if possible