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The darkening evenings are bringing fun and festive entertainments to North Somerset this Autumn, in the form of Halloween, Bonfire Night and the carnival!
Remember our 3P’s cover crime prevention, personal safety and traffic tips to help you stay safe so you can enjoy your #NorthSomersetAfterDark!
- Plan your journey and where you are going to park. Park legally and in well-lit places.
- At larger events there will be road closures and diversions. These have been planned and implemented by the carnival organisers and can be viewed on their websites. www.northsomersetcarnival.co.ukwww.somersetcarnivals.co.uk/events.asp or our highways map: https://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/my-services/parking-travel-roads/roads/road-closures-and-temporary-traffic-management/roadworks-map/
- Don’t walk home alone, stay with your friends. Arrange a taxi using a licensed reputable company or have a ‘designated driver’.
- Carnival and fireworks displays attract lots of people so we suggest that parents agree a plan with their children so they know what to do if they separated. It may sound silly, but a top tip is to make sure they know your name as there will be lots of “Mummies” and “Daddies” so it helps us narrow it down!
- If you’re out and going to be late, plan how you’re going to get home. For example, pre-book a taxi or arrange a lift with a designated driver. Let someone know about your plans – and tell them if they change.
- Don’t advertise on social media that your house is empty for the evening.
- Don’t leave valuables on display in your vehicle and make sure it’s locked.
- Don’t keep wallets, cash or mobile phones in back pockets. Keep bags zipped up or closed and wear straps across your body. Don’t be flash with the cash or mobile phones.
- We have officers giving out free wrist-bands so just grab one and put your mobile number on it and pop it on your child. It means if they get lost, we can reunite you more quickly.
- Make sure all windows and doors are locked when you go out.
- Don’t let children go Trick or Treating on their own. Make sure an adult accompanies younger children and remind older children never to go into stranger’s homes. Stay on the door step.
- Remember it’s illegal for an under-18 to have a firework in a public place and that it is illegal to throw a firework in a public place.
- Never leave your drink unattended.
- Steer clear of trouble. If you see any trouble or suspect that it might be about to start, keep clear. The best thing you can do is avoid it and alert the police.