FROM THE CHIEF'S CORNER: HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS

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October 31, 2013 (San Diego) – Halloween is upon us and safety should be the number one priority for trick-or-treaters, says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.  Here are some tips for choosing the right costumes:

Costumes purchased should be made of flame retardant material (check the label).  Hemlines should be short enough to prevent tripping. Glow-in-the-dark reflective tape is great for night time costumes.

Make-up is better than masks as they may obstruct vision.

Use battery powered lights and avoid candles to light jack-o’-lanterns.  Children need to stay away from open flames.  Remove objects from the yard that present a hazard to children (garden tools, hoses, etc.)

Do not allow children to carry sharp sticks or other objects that could cause injury to others.  If you are driving on Halloween, watch out for trick-or-treaters who will be too busy to watch out for you.

Closely inspect all candy before allowing children to eat it.  Discard any unwrapped treats.  If in doubt, throw it out, says Chief DiGiovanna!

For additional safety information, you can both contact your local fire department and visit: http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Halloween.shtml

Be safe and have a Happy Halloween!

Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

*Note: The information in this article was compiled from various sources. These suggestions are not a complete list of every preventative or loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace additional safety manuals or the advice of another qualified professional(s). We make no guarantee of results from use of this information. We assume no liability in connection with the information nor the suggestions made.