Halloween safety tips for your trick-or-treaters

10:22 AM, Oct 21, 2013   |    comments
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Instead of using candles, use a small string of holiday lights to light up your jack-o-lantern. you can also used battery-powered candles.

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9) -- While you're buying the candy and constumes for Halloween, Fairfax County fire officials want to make sure that you don't forget to take steps to keep your trick-or-treaters safe.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department provided the following tips:

  • Make sure all costumes are flame retardant. Most commercial costumes are made of flame-retardant material and you should ask your fabric shop for flame-retardant material if you make your own costume.
  • Make sure your children can see and be seen. Expand the eye holes in commercial masks to improve peripheral vision. Add reflective tape to costumes to make them more visible to motorists.
  • Ensure that each trick-or-treater has a working flashlight.
  • Tell the children to remove their masks and look both ways before they cross a street.
  • Never let a group of children trick-or-treat alone. Adult supervision is a safety "must" during Halloween.
  • Tell Kids to stay away from candles and jack-o'-lanterns that may be on steps and porches. Their costumes could catch fire if they get too close.
  • Kids should never carry candles when they are trick-or-treating. Always use a flashlight, flameless candle, or light stick.
  • Tell kids to let you know right away if they see other kids playing with matches or lighters.

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