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Parents are encouraged to have their children paint pumpkins instead of cutting them with knives to reduce the risk of damage

PAINT pumpkins instead of cutting them with & # 39; dangerous & # 39; knives and & # 39; deadly & # 39; putting candles in, say health and safety campaigners

  • Health and safety experts say parents should not cut Halloween pumpkins
  • Carving a pumpkin is a risk to cut while the use of candles can cause a fire
  • Experts advise using glow in the dark paints instead of cutting open a pumpkin
  • NHS leaders also recommend using reflective clothing during trick or treatment in the dark
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Parents have been warned not to give their children knives to carve pumpkins or use open flames due to the possibility of fire.

Instead, health and safety experts recommend that people use glow-in-the-dark paint instead of knives and candles to have a safer Halloween experience.

Kate Elgood, artist and mother, said she considered the risk when it came to her five-year-old son, Max.

Parents are encouraged to have their children paint pumpkins instead of cutting them with knives to reduce the risk of damage

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Parents are encouraged to have their children paint pumpkins instead of cutting them with knives to reduce the risk of damage

Young people can cut themselves if they use a knife to cut a pumpkin. A burning candle is also a potential fire hazard

Young people can cut themselves if they use a knife to cut a pumpkin. A burning candle is also a potential fire hazard

Young people can cut themselves if they use a knife to cut a pumpkin. A burning candle is also a potential fire hazard

The NHS ambulance service in eastern England has advised parents to monitor their children during a trick or treatment and ensure that they can be seen when it gets dark

The NHS ambulance service in eastern England has advised parents to monitor their children during a trick or treatment and to ensure that they can be seen when it gets dark

The NHS ambulance service in eastern England has advised parents to monitor their children during a trick or treatment and ensure that they can be seen when it gets dark

She told The Telegraph: & # 39; Halloween has become so popular, but you are not going to let go of your little ones with a carving knife.

& # 39; It really came about because I wanted to be creative with my little one on Halloween, but didn't want to give him dangerous tools. & # 39;

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Actress Reese Witherspoon shared photos & # 39; s of her artwork on her feeds on social media. She said: & # 39; Not all pumpkins need to be cut. & # 39;

The NHS East of England Ambulance Service recommended parents to take care of their children when they enjoy Halloween.

According to a spokesperson: & # 39; Investigate all delicacies for choking hazard and mess before you eat them. Limit the number of delicacies that you eat!

& # 39; Choose face paint and makeup, where possible, instead of masks that may obstruct a child's vision. Always test face paint and makeup first in a small area. Remove it before going to sleep to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.

"Never walk near burning candles or flames and check if your costume is flame resistant! • Always ensure that children are accompanied by an adult. Never let them go out alone.

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& # 39; Try to stay close to your house and stay in streets you all know so that you can easily navigate in the dark. Children try to wear something reflective in their costume, or wear a torch or glow rod, to ensure that they can be seen in the dark. & # 39;

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