With Halloween only days away, the St. John’s Regional Fire Department is offering tips to help keep the event a fun and safe one.
Acting Fire Prevention Officer Gary Power said planning ahead properly is important.
“Halloween is meant to be a fun, and spooky, time of year for kids,” he said in a news release. “Make trick-or-treating safe for your little ghouls and goblins with a few easy safety tips.”
• Purchase only costumes, wigs and props labelled flame-resistant or flame-retardant;
• When choosing a costume, stay away from billowing or long-trailing fabric;
• If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see out;
• Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume;
• Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
• If lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long, fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter and be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of the way of 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.)