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Plan a Safe Halloween

Star Staff Reports

Halloween Safety 2017As Halloween approaches, we invite families to review these precautions to ensure a fun and safe outing,” said Dale Lane, Director Shelby County Office of Preparedness.

DECORATIONS:

  •   Keep decorations away from candles, lightbulbs, and heaters.
  •   Use battery-powered candles inside jack-o-lanterns.
  •   Clear a path. Move decorations away from doorways, porches,

and sidewalks.

COSTUMES: See and be seen!

  •   Use non-toxic face paint or make-up instead of masks.
  •   Ensure costumes are made of lightweight, light colored, flame-resistant materials.
  •   Add reflective tape or stickers to costumes and bags.
  •   Ensure props (such as swords) are made of flexible plastics or soft materials.PLAN: Talk with your children about Halloween safety.
  •   Plan a route on well-lit streets in familiar neighborhoods.
  •   Before leaving, lock doors and activate alarm systems.
  •   Carry a charged cell phone. Program emergency numbers in children’s cell phones.
  •   Try to complete your route before dark. If not, have a flashlight or light stick with you.
  •   Never allow young children to trick-or-treat alone. A responsible adult should accompany them.
  •   If older children go without an adult, set their route and expected time of return.
  •   Teach children to never leave with a stranger and never enter a stranger’s home or car.
  •   Teach children how to call 9 1 1 in case of emergency.TRICK-OR-TREATING:
  •   Do not go to a home without a porch light on.
  •   Walk in groups and stay on the sidewalks.
  •   Be aware of your surroundings. Do not use your cell phone while trick or treating.
  •   Cross streets only at intersections. Never dart out into traffic.
  •   Teach children to make eye contact with motorists before crossing the street.MOTORISTS: Use caution and go slow! Anticipate large numbers of excited children and pets.

TREATS: Inspect treats before children eat them. Only eat factory wrapped treats.
STAY ALERT: Be aware of your environment. Have an escape plan! If you see suspicious behavior,

alert the authorities. If you see something, say something! RESOURCES: www.usfa.fema.gov and www.nsc.org

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