Halloween Fire Safety
Halloween is a fun time of the year but it’s also an important time to practice fire safety. The occurrence of fire increases around Halloween due to the use of candles as decorations. The Templeton Fire Department reminds parents to follow the following safety tips to ensure a Safe and Happy Halloween:
• Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. If your child wants to be dark and spooky, decorate the outside of his costume with strips of reflective tape, which you can find in most hardware stores.
• Make sure the candy bag your child carries is also bright-colored or trimmed in reflective tape.
• If you buy a costume, make sure the label says Flame Resistant – this means the costume will be hard to catch on fire and if it does, the fire will go out fast.
• Kids should never carry candles when they are trick-or-treating. Always use a flashlight, flameless candle, or light stick.
• Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping or entanglement. Falls are a major cause of injuries on Halloween, so it’s important to make sure your child’s costume fits properly.
• Remember there are very few street lights in Templeton, so be careful as you drive and walk about the local neighborhoods.
• Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
• This is also a great time to buy fresh batteries for your home smoke alarms.