MCFRS News Release

Halloween Safety Tips

With Halloween activities planned for all the little Ghosts and Goblins lurking in the neighborhood, the men and women of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service would like to offer these simple safety tips for Trick-or-treaters as well as parents and homeowners to make this season safe for everyone.

Trick-or-treaters

Parents

Remind children to stop at all street corners before crossing. Tell them to cross streets only at intersections and crosswalks. Teach them to look left, right and left again before crossing the street and to continue looking both ways as they cross.

Homeowners

Please have a safe and happy Halloween and please feel free to stop by your local Community Fire Station.

Pedestrian Safety Tips:

Children are four times more likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than any other night of the year.

Before heading out to trick-or-treat, apply reflective wrist bands, tape, and stickers to costumes, bags and sacks and use a flashlight with fresh batteries to see and be seen.

Fire Safety Tips:

Purchase only those costumes, wigs and props labeled as flame-resistant or retardant. Make sure children know the stop, drop and roll technique in the event their clothing should catch fire.

Apply face paint or cosmetics directly to the face. It is safer than a loose-fitting mask that can obstruct a child's vision. If a mask is worn, be certain it fits securely. Give trick-or-treaters flashlights. Make costumes short enough to avoid tripping. Dress children in shoes that fit. Anything they carry could injure them if they fall.

When planning party decorations, bear in mind that dried flowers and cornstalks are highly flammable. Keep crepe paper and other decorations well away from all heat sources, including light bulbs, heaters, etc.

Let children be the artists and leave the pumpkin carving to adults. Children can draw the face of the jack-o-lantern, but only parents should handle the knives. Use battery-operated lights instead of candles in jack-o-lanterns. If you must use candles, use votive candles and be sure to place the pumpkin on a sturdy surface away from flammable objects.

Other safety reminders: