Halloween Safety Tips

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Old 10-09-03, 07:39 AM
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Is it really October already? Yes, it is. And before we know it, Daylight Savings Time will be ending (October 26th) and our bodies will need to begin adjusting to this change.

Our days will seem shorter, the nights will seem longer; yet somehow we still will not feel like we had a full nights rest.

Even as tired as we are, we will soon need to start finding Halloween costumes for our children and buying goodies for the trick-or-treaters in an effort to get ready for Halloween on Friday, October 31st.

Also, in our “spare” time, we need to participate in Fire Prevention Month by developing and practicing a fire escape plan.

To ensure that the month of October is safe and prosperous, please follow these safety tips for parents and children:


Make sure to carry a flashlight with you.

If there is no sidewalk, you should walk on the left side of the road facing traffic.

Walk, don't run, stay on sidewalks, and obey traffic signs and signals.

Stay in familiar neighborhoods.

Don't cut across yards or driveways.

Wear a watch that you are able to read in the dark.

Make sure costumes don't drag on the ground and avoid wearing masks while walking from house to house.

Wear clothing with reflective markings or tape.

Approach only houses that are lit.


Have your child eat dinner before setting out.

An adult should accompany young children of any age.

If you buy a costume, look for one made of flame-retardant material.

Children should know where to reach you, when to be home, and you should know where they're going.

Although tampering is rare, tell children to bring the candy home to be inspected before consuming anything.

Make sure your yard is clear of objects that someone can trip over, such as ladders, hoses, dog leashes, and flowerpots.

Pets get frightened on Halloween. Put them somewhere secure so they will not be near any vehicles and also to prevent them from biting a trick-or-treater.

Try handing out non-food treats: plastic rings, pencils, stickers, erasers, coins, etc.

You can improve fire safety in your home. A good start would be to do a fire safety inspection. Check your house or apartment thoroughly to see which of these fire hazards you can find. Then take action to correct them.

Inspection Tips and Fixes:

Remove piles of stored newspapers or other rubbish.

Newspapers stored in a damp, warm place may ignite spontaneously.

Remove all materials on or near your stove that could catch on fire, including paper, dishcloths, etc.

Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.

Remove aerosols and flammable liquids (cleaning fluids, contact adhesives, etc.)

that are stored near the range or other heating sources that has an open flame.

Remember, even a pilot light can set vapors on fire. Dispose of outdated or empty cans and containers properly.

Place a box of baking soda and a large pot lid next to your stove. Get a kitchen fire extinguisher and learn how to use it.

Check for overloaded electrical outlets and old frayed extension cords.

Remove electrical cords from underneath rugs, those nailed to walls and/or behind radiators. Replace any cord that’s damaged.

Have a family escape plan and equally important, practice it.

If a fire starts while you are in the home, feel the door before opening it; if warm, it may be necessary to seek an alternate escape route.

When escaping, crawl under the smoke:

Do not go back in a structure fire for any reason.

Check your smoke detectors often and change the batteries twice a year.

If your clothing catches fire, STOP, DROP and ROLL.

Post in an easy accessible location, emergency telephone numbers to your local Police and Fire Departments.

It is important that you be prepared to react as soon as the smoke alarm sounds.

Fire can grow and spread through your home very quickly. By completing a home inspection and following some of the important tips mentioned above, it can make a difference between life and death.
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Old 10-28-03, 03:50 PM
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CPSC Urges Safety for Halloween Trick-or-Treaters:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As Halloween approaches, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is providing tips to prevent injuries to trick-or-treaters.

"We encourage everyone who celebrates Halloween to use our safety tips to prevent injuries. Homemade costumes in particular can present a fire hazard if not made with flame resistant fabrics,"said CPSC Chairman Hal Stratton.

Consumers can make this year's holiday a safe one by following these safety tips on costumes, treats and decorations.


* When purchasing costumes, masks, beards and wigs, look for flame-resistant fabrics such as nylon or polyester, or look for the label "Flame Resistant." Flame-resistant fabrics will resist burning and should extinguish quickly. To minimize the risk of contact with candles and other fire sources, avoid costumes made with flimsy materials and outfits with big, baggy sleeves or billowing skirts.

* Purchase or make costumes that are light, bright and clearly visible to motorists.

* For greater visibility during dusk and darkness, decorate or trim
costumes with reflective tape that will glow in the beam of a car's
headlights. Bags or sacks also should be light colored or decorated with reflective tape. Reflective tape is usually available in hardware, bicycle and sporting goods stores.

* Children should carry flashlights to see and be seen.

* Costumes should fit well and not drag on the ground to guard against trips and falls.

* Children should wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes. Oversized high heels are not a good idea.

* Tie hats and scarves securely to prevent them from slipping over children's eyes and obstructing vision.

* If your child wears a mask, make sure it fits securely, provides
adequate ventilation, and has eye holes large enough to allow full vision.

* Swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be made of soft, flexible materials.


* Warn children not to eat any treats before an adult has examined them carefully for evidence of tampering.

* Carefully examine any toys or novelty items received by trick-or-
treaters under three years of age. Do not allow young children to have any items that are small enough to present a choking hazard or that have small parts or components that could separate during use and present a choking hazard.


* Keep candles and jack-o'-lanterns away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame.

* Remove obstacles from lawns, steps and porches when expecting trick- or- treaters.

* Indoors, keep candles and jack-o'-lanterns away from curtains,
decorations and other combustibles that could be ignited. Do not leave burning candles unattended.

* Indoors or outside, use only lights that have been tested for safety by a recognized testing laboratory. Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. Discard damaged sets.

* Don't overload extension cords.


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