As we finish sipping on the summer wine, it’s fun to remember that party season is nearly upon us! There’s Halloween, All Saints Night, Bonfire Night and of course, Chri….no, we can’t bring ourselves to say it just yet.
We know that as event planners, you’ve got lots in store. You’re going to create memorable events for people up and down the country. We’re looking forward to attending some of them ourselves!
Every year, Halloween and Bonfire parties get ever more extravagant. New costumes, new daring risks – customers are choosing experiences over gifts, and you can really capitalise by throwing the autumn extravaganza of all extravaganzas.
But, as always, there’s a slight word of warning to this tale. With more breath-taking shows come higher chances of something going wrong. Especially at this time of year.
Take Halloween costumes for example. Although safety standards for costumes have increased massively over the last few years, many are still not flame retardant. Put an open flame too near to your guests and disaster could strike.
There have been high profile examples of this happening, none more so than in 2017 when TV presenter, Claudia Winkeman’s daughter’s costume caught fire while out trick or treating. It left her with severe burns to her leg.
Fire doesn’t care who it latches on to.
It may seem like we’re being killjoys, but nothing finishes the fun quicker than a serious accident or injury. Risk management is vital at all times of year, but none more so when so many people are gathering in such small places around dangerous materials as they are at Halloween and Bonfire night.
Year after year, the warnings about the potential for injury on bonfire night get louder and louder. Statistics in 2016 from St John’s Ambulance showed 4,506 people treated for fireworks-related injuries on Bonfire night.
Many of those will have been from people misbehaving. But more than enough will have been from events like the ones you’re planning.
But don’t let this blog be a complete downer. Your event is going to be brilliant. And we know that because you’re going to get risk management spot on.
If you don’t feel comfortable doing the risk checks yourself, get in touch. We have our own risk management team ready to give you any help you may need.