Halloween safety tips
Oct 31, 2013 / 7:04 am
Fire Fighters Give Lifesaving Tips for Halloween
By making small adjustments to costume and decoration choices on Halloween, danger and risk to public safety is easily decreased.
“It is important for people to take basic precautions to make sure they have nothing other than a fun-filled Halloween,” says Larry Hollier, President of the Kelowna Professional Fire Fighters Association 953.
According to statistics, Canadian cities see an overall increase in fires on Halloween caused by open flames, and the arson fire rate is 10 per cent higher than on any other day of the year.
To ensure a safe and happy Halloween, the Kelowna Professional Fire Fighters Association 953 offers the following tips:
- Use battery operated lights, not candles, to decorate walkways. Always keep candles, matches and lighters in a place that children cannot reach. This will make it much safer for trick-or-treaters and decrease the chance of an open flame fire
- Keep children, costumes and decorations away from open flames and heat sources. Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable.
- Check lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires or loose connections. Make sure they are certified by a recognized organization like the Underwriters’ Laboratory, Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or the Underwriters’ Laboratory of Canada (ULC).
- Do not overload extension cords. Indoor and outdoor decorative lights can be fire hazards.
- Choose costumes that are comfortable, easy to walk in and see.
- Pick brightly coloured costumes that can be clearly seen by motorists. Add reflective tape to the costume to increase visibility.
The SPCA would also like to remind people to keep their pets indoors tonight. Loud noises and goblins could scare pets and they might runaway.
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