Our Firefighters will be going out to select subdivisions on Halloween to pass out candy & safety reflectors to the kids. We will also make ourselves available to answer any safety questions that anyone would have. Please review the following safety tips to help keep your kids safe this Halloween. Look for us in your neighborhood!
1. When purchasing costumes, masks, and wigs, look for flame-resistant fabrics such as nylon or polyester and look for “Flame Resistant” listings on the label.
2. Steer clear from contact with candles by avoiding costumes with big baggy sleeves and pant legs.
3. Think practical over cute when selecting your costume, avoiding costumes that are too big or too small or shoes which could result in an injury or fall.
4. Finally, consider costumes that are light, bright or easily visible by motorists and carry flashlights or glow sticks for better visibility.
1. Warn children not to eat any treats before an adult has examined them carefully for evidence of tampering.
2. Parents should look for loose wrappers or holes in candy and discard any items found with these characteristics.
3. Avoid homemade treats too, unless you know the cook well.
4. Parents should also carefully examine any toys or novelty items received, and think about choking hazards before providing these to the little ones.
1. Never leave decorations that include a flame, unattended.
2. Keep candles and jack-o’-lanterns away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame.
3. Inside your home, keep these type decorations away from curtains or other items that could ignite.
4. Also, be careful to test all lighting and items that require electricity, looking for frayed wires or loose connections, and be careful to not overload extension cords.
5. Finally, make sure that wires are taped down or housed appropriately, so they don’t cause a fall hazard to your visiting guests.
Safe Trick or Treating
1. Do not allow young children to trick or treat on their own and set a time for older children to be home.
2. Teach your children to never enter a stranger’s home and to stay in well-lit, familiar areas.
3. Consider planning your route in advance, trick or treating as a group or taking advantage of one of the many organized Halloween activities in your community.
4. Make sure to carry a cell phone along for the walk and discuss a designated place to go, if anyone gets lost.