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October 24, 2003
Halloween safety tips
"Halloween can be a fun and exciting time for children," says Fire Chief Bill
Stewart. "Make this Halloween a treat, and don't be tricked by hidden dangers."

Get your family ready for Halloween by following these guidelines:
  1. Buy costumes with a flame resistant label. The best costumes are bright coloured or bright and reflective. Minimize the risk of contact with candles or other ignition sources by avoiding baggy pants, loose frills and billowing skirts.

  2. Provide every child with a flashlight and fresh batteries. Remind them of traffic safety rules and teach them to cross streets at corners, never between parked cars.

  3. Make sure that children know how to call 9-1-1 free from any public phone if they experience an emergency. Provide older children with coins for non-emergency calls.

  4. Teach children to "Stop, Drop and Roll" if their clothing should catch fire: stop immediately, drop to the ground covering their face, and roll over and over to extinguish the flames.

  5. Accompany children when they go out trick-or-treating.

  6. Consider using only battery-powered lanterns, flash lights or chemical light sticks instead of candles in decorations.

  7. If you use candles in jack-o'-lanterns, try a tea light or votive candle in a non-combustible holder. Always keep candles, matches and lighters out of the reach of children. Place candlelit jack-o'-lanterns on sturdy tables, away from curtains and other flammable objects. Never leave candles unattended.

  8. Ensure that electrical outlets are not overloaded with holiday lighting or special effects. Replace bulbs on outdoor lights.

  9. Keep exit doors unobstructed.
Remember, this weekend
when you change your clock, change your smoke alarm batteries and test your
smoke alarms monthly.

For more safety information, visit these Web sites: and

Media contact:
Captain Don Marsden,
416-338-9316, pager: 416-667-4121



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