Halloween can be the most exciting time of the year for kids but also presents danger. The Steese Volunteer Fire Department wants this year’s trick-or-treating for your little goblins to be a safe one. Follow these safety tips for a happy and fire-safe Halloween:
- Choose the right costume. Try to stay away from long or flowing fabric.
- Provide flashlights to children or have children carry glow sticks as part of their costumes.
- Make sure if a child is wearing a mask that the eye holes are large enough so he or she can see out of them.
- Avoid flammable decorations including dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper that are highly flammable.
- Keep decorations away from open flames and other heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
- Refrain from having an open flame.
- Use battery-operated candles or glow-sticks in your jack-o-lanterns.
- Remember to keep all decorations away from doors so that they are not blocking any exits or escape routes.
- Make sure all of your smoke alarms are working and up to date.
The Steese Volunteer Fire Department is also offering its annual safe alternative for parents this Halloween. Both of our fire stations located at 585 Steele Creek Road & 800 William C. Leary Lane will be stocked with candy to hand out to kids who visit in their costumes, Halloween night. Unless an emergency run calls them away, doors will be open and firefighters will be handing out candy to kids from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Parents, please do not park on the drive in front of the emergency equipment.