Halloween safety tips|
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"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:
Remember, this weekend
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Accompany children when they go out
- Consider using only battery-powered lanterns,
flash lights or chemical light sticks instead of candles in
- 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
- Ensure that electrical outlets are not
overloaded with holiday lighting or special effects. Replace bulbs on outdoor
- Keep exit doors unobstructed.
when you change your clock, change your smoke alarm batteries and test your
smoke alarms monthly.
For more safety information, visit these Web sites:
Captain Don Marsden,
416-338-9316, pager: 416-667-4121