The Brewster Fire Department offers fire safety tips for celebrating Halloween including the fact that more children are injured by cars than fire or other safety issues on Halloween, so it’s important for children to be visible and to practice pedestrian safety. Drivers should use extra caution; drive more slowly and watch for children who may forget to cross at corners and use crosswalks.
Reminder: Be Careful with Halloween Costumes, Decorations and Trick-or-Treating
▪ Remind youngsters to cross at crosswalks or corners and not to dart out between parked cars. More children are hit by cars on Halloween than any other single day.
▪ Children should carry a flashlight or glow sticks; costumes should be bright-colored or have reflective tape to highlight them.
▪ Be sure all parts of costumes are labeled flame retardant.
▪ Costumes should not have trailing materials or tails long enough to cause falls.
▪ If a child is wearing a mask instead of make-up, make sure the eye holes are large enough to see through clearly.
▪ Make sure your home is well-lit inside and out and that there is a clear path to your door.
▪ Use a small flashlight or battery-operated tea light in pumpkins instead of a candle.
▪ Keep decorations like cornstalks and leaves away from heat sources and lit candles.
▪ Children under 12 should always be with an adult. It’s best to take little ones out early. If older children are going out without you, go over the ground rules first and set a curfew. Have them travel in a group and with a cell phone and flashlight.
This information was provided by the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services. For more information please go to their website at www.mass.gov/dfs, and search on Halloween Safety, or call the Public Fire Safety Education Hotline at 1-877-9-NO-FIRE.