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Halloween Safety

FOR KIDS:

  • Make sure your costume is fireproof or flame retardant and that eye holes are large enough for good vision. Better yet – decorate your face! Be careful of billowing costumes that may be too long.  Decorate your costume with reflective tape or carry a glow stick so you can be seen.
  • Always carry a flashlight and stay on the sidewalks.
  • Stay away from open flames.  If your clothes should catch on fire, make sure you know how to put the fire out.  You can smother it by wrapping yourself in a towel or blanket or you can drop to the ground and roll back and forth while you cover your face with your hands.  
  • Stay in neighborhoods you know and avoid cutting across driveways or yards. Skip houses that are not well lit.  
  • Let your parents check your candy before you eat it.

FOR ADULTS:

  • If you are out and about on trick or treat nights, make sure you drive cautiously and keep an eye out for kids.
  • If you set jack-o-lanterns on your porch with candles, make sure they are far enough away from where trick or treaters will be walking.  
  • When decorating walkways, avoid using candles or torch lights, as costumes may brush against these.  Flashlights are a better choice.
  • Make sure your yard is free of gardening equipment, hoses, flower pots or anything that a child can trip on.
  • Instruct children who are attending parties at others’ homes to locate the exits and plan how they would get out in an emergency.
  • It’s best to have an adult accompany children, but if they are going without you, know the route your kids are taking. Explain the difference between tricks and vandalism - such as throwing eggs at a house or animal cruelty.
  • Stay away from and don’t pet animals you don’t know.
  • If children have a good dinner before they go trick or treating, they will be less likely to eat their candy before you have a chance to check it.

FOR PETS:

  • Keep candy away from pets – some treats are toxic to pets.
  • Keep in mind that pets can easily knock over a lit jack-o-lantern or candle which can start a fire.
  • For some pets, wearing a costume can create stress. Make sure the costume does not limit their movement or ability to breathe. If they seem distressed when they try on their costume, consider a simple bandana.
  • If the flurry of activity at the door is too much for your pet, consider keeping them in another room.

For additional tips please contact Cinda Seamon, Fire & Life Safety Educatoremail icon, Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue, 843-682-5141.