Safety Precautions Minimize Risk of Hidden Halloween Dangers

The Talk in 60010
October 29, 2018

Children’s risk of being hit by a car and losing their lives on Halloween is more than twice that of any other day of the year, according to the National Safety Council.

It’s a sobering statistic: one that underscores the need for parents to help ensure their children enjoy a fun-filled, safe Halloween.

To support that goal, the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District (BCFPD) is proud to offer the following Halloween safety guidelines:

Costume/Trick-or-Treating Tips

  • Decorate costumes and candy bags with reflective tape, if planning to trick-or-treat after dark.
  • Choose face paint or makeup instead of masks, which can obstruct vision. If your child must use a mask, cut out large eyeholes to prevent blocked or obstructed vision.
  • Have children carry flashlights or glow sticks.
  • “Right-size” costumes to minimize the risk of tripping or falling. Avoid long trailing fabrics whenever possible.
  • Use fire-resistant costumes, wigs, and accessories.
  • Accompany younger children while they make their neighborhood rounds.
  • Develop a trick-or-treating route for older children that is acceptable to both parent and child.
  • Remind children to NEVER enter a stranger’s house or car.
  • Inspect all candy before allowing trick-or-treaters to eat it.

Halloween Fire Safety

Ghoulish decorations and scary costumes are as much a part of Halloween as candy and trick-or-treating, but they are also potential fire risks. Likewise, firefighters urge residents to take a few simple precautions to protect themselves and their families:

  • Keep decorations, such as cornstalks, dried flowers, and crepe paper away from open flames and heat sources – including light bulbs and heaters. These materials are highly flammable.
  • Keep all home exits clear of decorations, so nothing is blocking a potential escape route.
  • Use battery-operated candles or glow sticks to light your family’s Jack-O-Lanterns.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) website, nearly 1,000 fires per year are caused by Halloween decorations that catch fire. These instances result in an estimated $13 million in annual property damage. More than 40% of these fires are started by candles.

Learn more about local Halloween safety by contacting the BCFPD at 224-848-4800 or visiting its Facebook page.

About the BCFPD

Established in 1940, the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District serves portions of Barrington Hills, South Barrington, Lake Barrington and Inverness; and portions of unincorporated Cook, Lake and McHenry Counties. BCFPD services are strengthened through a series of automatic aid agreements and partnerships with 13 surrounding fire departments and fire districts.

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