OSFM reminds parents to keep their
trick or treaters safe this Halloween
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[October 31, 2019]
Halloween is a fun time of the year for kids but can be scary if you
don’t take the proper precautions.
When choosing a costume, make sure to stay away from long trailing
fabric and always ensure the fabric is flame resistant. If your
child is wearing a mask, the eye holes need to be large enough to
provide an unrestricted view! Encourage children to consider face
paint instead of a mask, as this permits them to watch and listen
for passing cars or other hazards. When trick or treating, have your
children carry a flash flight to not only light their way, but to
keep them visible as well. You can also incorporate glow sticks in
their costumes to increase visibility.
“We want everyone to have a spooky but safe Halloween while keeping
fire safety in mind,” said State Fire Marshal Matt Perez. “Candles
are popular during Halloween; make sure they are kept at a safe
distance from decorations and out of reach of kids and pets.”
According to the National Fire Protection Alliance (NFPA) more than
one-third of residential fires were started by candles. Decorations
were the first thing to ignite in 780 reported home fires each year
from 2013-2017. More than two of every five fires occurred because
decorations were too close to a heat source, such as a candle or hot
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Here are a few tips to keep in mind when decorating.
• Use battery powered candles if possible. If you are using a real
candle inside a jack-o-lantern, make sure to use long,
fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter.
• Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can
burn and far enough out of the way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps,
walkways and yards.
• Keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
• Always check smoke alarms to make sure they are working.
• Keep and tell children to stay away from open flames including
jack-0-latenrs with candles in them.
• Dried cornstalks, dried flowers and paper decorations catch fire
easily, make sure to keep any open flames and heat sources, such has
light bulbs, at a safe distance.
When driving on Halloween night or other nights trick-or-treaters
could be out, be extra vigilant. Stay off cell phones and pay
especially close attention to crosswalks and when driving on
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