Tallahassee Fire Department gives Halloween safety reminders

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
October 31, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Tallahassee Fire Department is reminding citizens about important safety measures ahead of Halloween.

  • Buy only costumes, wigs and props labeled flame-resistant or flame-retardant. If you are making your own costume, choose material that won't easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or flame. Avoid using billowing or long-trailing features.
  • If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see out.
  • Provide children with lightweight flashlights to carry for lighting or as part of their costume.
  • Dried flowers, cornstalks, and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
  • It is safest to to use a flashlight or batter-operated candles in a jack-o-lantern. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit. When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter. Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn, including trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways, and yards.
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Tell children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop,drop,and roll if their clothing catches fire. (Have them practice stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with hands, and rolling over and over to put the flames out.) Be sure to extinguish all candles prior to leaving your home.
  • Use flashlights as alternative to candles or torch lights when decorating walkways and yards. Those are much safer for trick-or-treaters whose costumes may brush against the lighting.
  • If your children are going to Halloween parties at other people's homes, have them look for exits and plan how they would get out in an emergency.
  • Remember to have children use extreme caution when crossing streets in neighborhoods. If wearing dark costumes, have a flashlight so they may be seen by oncoming motorists and be sure to hold the hands of small children to prevent them from darting in the street.
  • Happy Halloween!

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