Protect Your Family on Halloween
On Halloween, children are more than twice as likely to be struck and killed by motor vehicles than on any other day of the year (according to statistics compiled by the National Safety Council). This frightening statistic shows how important it is to be safe while trick-or-treating and taking part in other Halloween activities.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department Foundation supports efforts to protect children and families during Halloween. The LA County Fire Department has created a helpful video that offers a number of tips that can keep you and your family safe while trick-or-treating and taking part in other Halloween activities. Click here to view the video.
Trick-or-treating is one of the best parts of Halloween. Kids get to walk around, ring neighbors’ doorbells, and get candy. They get do to this in their favorite costumes. As a parent, you can educate your children on trick-or-treating safety and can implement a few practices that could prevent a serious accident or injury:
When trick-or-treating, use the sidewalk. Do not walk on the street, and carry a flashlight or glow stick to make yourself more visible to motorists. Do not let your children trick-or-treat alone. Be cautious of animals, even if they are on a leash. Only approach houses that are lit and decorated, and make sure your children know not enter a home or vehicle without a parent or guardian’s express permission.
Halloween Fire Hazards
On Halloween, jack-o-lanterns can present fire hazards. Carving pumpkins and watching them light up is fun, but you could unintentionally start a fire if you place a jack-o-lantern too close to drapery or other flammable materials. If you do not monitor lit jack-o-lanterns, you could place your property at risk.
We recommend using alternatives to candles when lighting jack-o-lanterns. Battery-powered lights present a safe substitute, not only reducing the risk of fire but also of burn injuries – particularly to young children.