Volume No. 16 Issue No. 10 October 2019  

  Safety Tip
  Have a safe Halloween
  By Robin Widmar

     Whether going out trick-or-treating or staying in to welcome guests for a party, there are plenty of ways to make sure everyone stays safe while having fun.
   Fire safety:
  • Keep dried flowers, cornstalks, crepe paper and other decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like lightbulbs or heaters.
  • Make sure decorations and costumes are flame-resistant.
  • Use battery-operated lights instead of candles in jack-o-lanterns.
  • Watch children at all times when they are around lit candles or active fire pits.
  • Extinguish all candles and fire pits prior to going to bed.

   Trick or Treat safety:
  • Avoid costumes with long, trailing fabric that can cause trips and falls or catch fire if it comes too close to a lit candle or active fire pit.
  • Make sure masks do not obstruct vision.
  • Provide children with flashlights or glow sticks to carry.
  • Affix reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see trick-or-treaters.
  • Accompany children while trick-or-treating, and be extra cautious crossing streets at dusk and after dark.
  • Visit only well-lit houses.
  • Eat only factory-wrapped treats.

   Celebration safety:
  • Make sure decorations do not obstruct walkways, steps or doorways.
  • Keep exit paths clear.
  • Do not drink and drive or toke and drive.
  • Remind guests to drive sober and watch out for trick-or-treaters.

   Sources: National Fire Protection Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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