Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips From

The Nichols Hills Fire Department


Before Halloween:

 

y        Plan for costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping.

y        Consider adding reflective tape or stripping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.

y        Secure emergency identification (name, address, phone#) discreetly within Halloween attire or bracelet.

y        Because a mask can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic hypoallergenic make-up or a decorative hat as a safe alternative.

y        When shopping for a costume, wigs, and accessories, purchase only those with a label indicating they are flame resistant.

y        Think twice before using simulated knives, guns or swords. If such props must be used, be certain they do appear authentic and are soft and flexible to prevent injury.

                          

ü       Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.

 

ü       This is also a great time to buy fresh batteries for your home smoke detectors.

 

ü       Teach children their home phone number and how to call 9-1-1

 

ü       Openly discuss the appropriate and inappropriate behavior at Halloween time.

 

ü       Learn or review CPR skills to aid someone who is choking or having a heart attack.

Fun Alternatives:

                

y        Find a fun event or start one in your neighborhood.

y        Community centers, shopping malls and houses of worship may have organized festivities.

y        Share the fun by arranging a visit to a retirement home or senior center.

                            

Before Nightfall on Halloween:

 

y        A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats.

y        Consider fire safety when decorating; do not overload electrical outlets with holiday lighting or special effects, and do not block exit doors.

y        Always keep Jack-o-Lanterns far away from drapes, decorations, flammable materials or areas where children and pets will be standing or walking.

y        Plan and review with your children the route and behavior which is acceptable to you.

y        Do not permit children to bicycle, skateboard or roller-blade.

y        Remind all household drivers to remain cautious and drive slowly throughout the community.

y        Adult partygoers should establish and reward a designated driver.

 

When Trick-or-Treating:

 

y        A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.

y        Remind trick-or-treaters:

§         By using a flashlight, they can see and be seen by others.

§         Stay in a group, walk slowly, and communicate where you are going.

§         Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.

§         If no sidewalk is available, walk at the furthest edge of the roadway facing traffic.

§         Never cut across yards or use alleyways.

§         Never enter a stranger’s car or home for treats.

§         Always walk - never run across streets.

§         Don’t assume the right away. Motorist may have trouble-seeing trick-or-treaters, just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will stop.

§         Never consume unwrapped food items or open beverages that may be offered.

§         No treats are to be eaten until they are thoroughly checked by an adult at home.

§         Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious activity.

 

After Trick-or-Treating:

 

y        Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. A responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.

y        Try to apportion treats for the days following Halloween.

y        Although sharing is encouraged, make sure items that can cause choking, such as hard candies, are given only to those of an appropriate age.

 

HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HALLOEEN FROM

THE NICHOLS HILLS FIRE DEPARTMENT



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