Children dressed in costumes excitedly running door to door to trick-or-treat, festive decorations like glowing jack-o-lanterns, paper ghosts and dried cornstalks adorning front porches – these are some of the classic hallmarks of Halloween that make the holiday special for kids and adults alike.
Unfortunately, these Halloween symbols and activities can also present lurking fire risks that have the potential to become truly scary. But by planning ahead, you can help make this Halloween a fire-safe one. Taking simple fire safety precautions like keeping decorations far away from open flames and using battery-operated candles or glow-sticks in jack-o-lanterns can help ensure your holiday remains festive and fun!
This year’s Halloween is going to be a blast, but don’t forget to be safe while you are out trick or treating! New Mexico State University would like to share a few safety tips with you to help make October 31st a spook-tacular evening!
- Children never talk to strangers or venture too far from your parents.
- Parents take a look at your children’s candy before they eat them to make sure none of it has been tampered with.
- Make sure costumes or decorations do not come in contact with open flames, such as candles in jack-o’-lanterns.
- Come up with a safe meeting place to meet at in case you and your group get separated from each other.
- Parents talk with your children about who they should talk to if they get lost. (ex: police officers or another parent with children.)
- Look both ways before you cross the road and use crosswalks!
- Make yourself visible! Carry a flashlight, glow stick or wear something reflective.
- Motorists should be on the lookout for more pedestrians, especially small children and primarily on residential streets.
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With these tips in mind, we hope you have a safe night!