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Keep Halloween Safe
web posted October 30, 2012
COUNTY – It is time for Halloween and
Daily reminds everyone to watch out for children out trick or treating.
Edgefield is observing trick or treating between the hours of 6-8:30 pm
for children 12 and under. Johnston will be observing the holiday from
6-8 pm for children 12 and under. Below are safety tips and tips to keep
Halloween from becoming a nightmare due to fire, something few think
about this time of year.
Children should go out during daylight hours only unless accompanied by
a responsible adult.
Plan a safe route so parents know where their older kids will be at all
times. Set a time for their return home. Make sure that your child is
old enough and responsible enough to go out by themselves.
Let your children know not to cut through back alleys and fields. Make
sure they know to stay in populated places and don't go off the beaten
track. Stay in well lighted areas.
Stop only at familiar houses in your own neighborhood unless they are
accompanied by an adult.
Small children should never be allowed to go out alone on Halloween.
Make sure an older sibling or adult is with them.
Instruct your children not to eat any treats until they bring them home
to be examined by you.
Instruct your child to never go into the home of a stranger or get into
Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective
tape on their costume to make them more visible to cars.
Let them know that they should stay together as a group if going out to
Trick or Treat without an adult.
Danger of Fire Related Injury
More than 40 million
children across the country will be out trick-or-treating, and with
that comes increased risk of accidents, especially those involving
burns. Halloween is the fifth highest day of the year for candle fires
according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
More than 1,000 house fires are reported during this time, nearly half
of which were started from candles.
“It’s not uncommon for us to see burn patients during this time of the
year who have received a burn injury because of candles in pumpkins or
even Halloween costumes which have caught on fire,” says Tanya Simpson,
Assistant Vice President of Burn
There are many ways to make sure trick-or-treaters stay safe during
1. Check to make sure your batteries work in your
2. Make sure costumes are flame resistant, especially
when walking near luminaries which many times line the streets in the
3. Don’t use paper luminary bags with open flame
4. Use flashlights instead of candles to decorate
yards and walkways
5. Keep exits clear of decorations
6. Don’t block escape routes
7. Make sure your children know how to “Stop, Drop,
Cover & Roll”
“Many of the incidents that we see are ones which could have been
prevented. Halloween is a time for children and families to enjoy
themselves and we hope this year they can do that, without risk of
injury.” says Simpson.
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