Editorial

Make sure Halloween is safe

Monday, October 16, 2017

Halloween plans typically include frightful activities, and paying attention to a few safety tips can make the difference between having a frightfully-fun experience versus a frightfully-tragic one.

Parents, make sure costumes purchased are labeled flame-resistant or flame-retardant, choose materials that will not easily ignite, and keep fire safety in mind when decorating your home, both inside and out.

Fire safety concerns are often unique at haunted houses and other spooky venues.

It is important to know how to get out of a room or a building in case of emergency no matter where you are, and to teach kids to do the same. A haunted house is a unique venue and with other things competing for your attention, it may take a little extra effort to identify exits and plan your escape.

Buy only costumes, wigs and props labeled flame-resistant or flame-retardant. If you are making your own costume, choose material that won't easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or flame. Avoid using billowing or long trailing features. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see out.

Provide children with lightweight flashlights to carry for lighting or as part of their costume.

It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candles in a jack-o-lantern. Tell children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire.

Above all, have a happy Halloween by adhering strictly to all safety precautions.