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Halloween can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a hazardous night. According to the National Safety Council, October ranked second in motor vehicle deaths by month. So have fun, but be safe. Here are some tips to ensure your kids safety this Halloween.

Costume Safety

To help ensure adults and children have a safe holiday, the American Academy of Pediatrics has compiled a list of Halloween safety tips. Before Halloween arrives, be sure to choose a costume that won’t cause safety hazards.

  • All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant
  • Avoid masks, which can obstruct vision
  • If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags, or give them glow sticks
  • When buying Halloween makeup, make sure it is nontoxic and always test it in a small area first
  • Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation

When They’re on the Prowl

  • A responsible adult should accompany young children on the neighborhood rounds
  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review a route acceptable to you
  • Agree on a specific time children should return home
  • Teach your children never to enter a stranger’s home or car
  • Instruct children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and stick with their friends
  • Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home
  • Children and adults are reminded to put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street

Safety Tips for Motorists

NSC offers these additional safety tips for parents – and anyone who plans to be on the road during trick-or-treat hours:

  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully
  • At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing
  • Discourage new, inexperienced drivers from driving on Halloween

Department News

On Saturday, October 26th,  firefighters from Clark County Fire District 6 and Clark County Fire and Rescue will be burning a house at 17112 NW 41st Avenue. The house is being demolished at the request of the owner. Starting around 8 a.m. firefighters will set and extinguish a series of fires in the  house. Eventually they’ll allow it to burn to the ground. 

Training burns provide critical realistic training for firefighters. One of the best learning environments is actual hand-on experience dealing with live fire. House burn drills allow your firefighters to learn the limits of their equipment and tactics in an educational, non-emergency environment. These exercises are just one example of how your firefighters sharpen their skills so that, in time of need, you will receive the highest level of service possible. 

Though not likely, if smoke from the blaze lingers around your home please keep doors and windows shut. And if you live on Northwest 41st and you’re not on a well you may wish to refrain from doing laundry or washing dishes during the burn as there’s a slight chance that sediment in the water lines may be stirred up when the hydrant is flowing. If you have any questions about this training exercise please contact Training Captain Chris Grant at (360) 949-8150