Halloween is lurking just around the corner! Glendale Fire Department has some great safety tips to help ensure a safe Halloween. Every year children are at risk of serious injury while trick-or-treating.
Don’t let tragedy ruin the fun for your children this Halloween. The Glendale Fire Department would like to offer these safety tips:
- Never leave children unattended;
- Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame;
- When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories purchase only those with a label indicating they are flame resistant;
- Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts;
- Review with your children the principle of “Stop-Drop-Roll,” should their clothes catch on fire;
- Take extra effort to eliminate tripping hazards on your porch and walkway that may prove hazardous to young children rushing from house to house;
- Consider fire safety when decorating. Do not overload electrical outlets with holiday lighting or special effects, and do not block exit doors;
- Always keep Jack O’ Lanterns and hot electric lamps far away from drapes, decorations, flammable materials or areas where children and pets will be standing or walking;
- Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items;
- Drive carefully and be alert when driving in areas where children are trick-or-treating.