Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween, but not when it comes to child safety. There are several easy and effective behaviors that parents can share with kids to help reduce their risk of injury. Courtesy of Safekids.org and the Washington State Fire Marshal.
- Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
- Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
- Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
- Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
- Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
- Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
Trick or Treat With an Adult:
- Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, remind them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
Keep Costumes both Creative and Safe:
- Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
- Avoid baggy or long trailing costumes, and use make-up rather than masks which could obstruct vision.
- Have kids carry blow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
- Check the label! Look for costumes and decorations made of “flame-resistant” or “flame retardant” materials.
- Instruct children to stay away from open flames and other heat sources. Be sure children know to Stop, Drop and Roll if their clothing ever catches fire.
Drive Extra Safely on Halloween:
- Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
- Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
- Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
- Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
- Popular trick-or-treating hours at 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
Help make your Halloween Fire-Safe
Spooky holiday decorations, costumes, glowing pumpkins and yummy treats are all part of what makes the Halloween season fun for all ages. Whether hosting a party, selecting costumes for the kids, or decorating your home, the State Fire Marshal’s Office encourages residents to take extra safety precautions and beware of hidden fire hazards which can also be in disguise!
Here are a few simple tips in the home:
- Keep home decorations away from open flames and heat sources; using extreme caution with highly flammable decorations such as cornstalks and hay bales.
- Choose battery-operated candles or flashlights when decorating your home; never use candles to light jack-o’-lanterns.
- Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, never blocking escape routes.
- If attending a Halloween party, be aware of your surroundings and know how to escape in case of an emergency.
Have a Safe and Fun Halloween!
Chelan Fire and Rescue
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA 98816