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October 28, 2004
Media Advisory: Halloween safety tips from Toronto Fire Services
  
"Halloween can be a fun and exciting time for children. Make this Halloween a
treat, and don't be tricked by hidden dangers!" - Fire Chief Bill Stewart

Here are some safety tips from Toronto Fire Services.

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

2. Buy flame-resistant costumes. (Check the label.) Reduce the risk of contact
with candles or other ignition sources by avoiding baggy pants, loose frills,
or billowing skirts.

3. Buy brightly coloured, reflective costumes.

4. Teach children to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothing catches fire: STOP
immediately, DROP to the ground covering their face, and ROLL over and over to
extinguish the flames.

5. Make sure that children know how to call 911 free from any public phone if
they experience an emergency. Provide older children with coins for
non-emergency calls or consider equipping them with a cell-phone.

6. Keep jack-o'-lanterns and decorations fire-safe by using only
battery-powered flashlights or chemical light sticks instead of candles

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

8. Make sure that electrical outlets are not overloaded with holiday lighting
or special effects. Keep exit doors unobstructed. Make sure outdoor lights are
working.

9. Provide every child with a flashlight and fresh batteries. Remind them of
traffic safety rules and that they should cross streets at corners and never
cross between parked cars.

Remember, this weekend when you change your clock, change your smoke alarm
batteries.

For more tips, visit: http://www.toronto.ca/fire/prevention/halloween.htm

Media contacts:
Captain David Sheen, 416-338-9317,
Pager 416-468-9978
District Chief David Craig, 416-338- 9353



 

 

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