Thursday, October 29, 2009

Halloween safety tips from Pasadena Fire Department


Children may be at risk of serious injury while trick-or-treating. The Pasadena Fire Department offers these safety tips:

* Never leave children unattended.

* Wear costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flames.

* When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories, purchase only those with labels indicating they are flame resistant.

* Provide flashlights with fresh batteries to children and their escorts.

* Review with children in advance the principle of "Stop-Drop-Roll" in case their costumes catch on fire.

* Take extra efforts to eliminate tripping hazards on your porches and walkways that may prove hazardous to young children rushing from house to house.

* Consider fire safety when decorating. Do not overload electrical outlets with Halloween 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, responsible adults 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.

For more information call (626) 744-4675.
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