Media Contact: Tiffani Nichols, Public Information Officer
(480) 312-1816 office or (602) 229-9640 PIO pager
Next weekend, trick-or-treaters will be hitting the streets in search of candy and fun. Scottsdale Fire wants to help you keep your loved ones safe. Listed below are a few simple tips to keep in mind before, during and after the excitement of Halloween.
- Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
- Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags for greater visibility.
- Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives.
- When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories, look for and purchase only those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
- Think twice before using simulated knives, guns or swords. If such props must be used, be certain they do not appear authentic and are soft and flexible to prevent injury.
- 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.
BEFORE NIGHTFALL ON HALLOWEEN:
- A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on treats.
- Consider fire safety when decorating. Do not overload electrical outlets and keep candles away from drapes, decorations, flammable materials or areas where children will be standing or walking.
- Plan and review with your children the route and behavior acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they must return home.
- Remind all household drivers to remain cautious and drive slowly throughout the community.
- Adult partygoers should establish a designated driver.
- A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
- Use a flashlight and stay on sidewalks. Motorists may not see you so use caution when crossing streets.
- Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a stranger's home or car for a treat.
- No treats are to be eaten until they are thoroughly checked by an adult at home.
- Report any suspicious or unlawful activities to the police department by calling 911.
- 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.
- Ensure candy is appropriate for your child’s age as some may pose a choking hazard.
- Try to apportion treats for the days (and weeks) following Halloween.
For additional safety tips, visit www.nfpa.org/halloween .