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Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is just a few weeks away. Both adults and children alike brainstorm costume ideas, carve pumpkins and decorate porches with glowing jack-o-lanterns, dried cornstalks, and ghosts to prepare for the festivities. Whether you’re Wonder Woman or Captain America trick or treating, or planning a spooky night on the town, it’s important to remember the following tips to keep you safe on Halloween.

  • Candles are a perfect addition to anyone’s haunted house, but be careful! According to the National Fire Protection Association, Halloween blazes caused over $13 million in direct property damage per year between 2009 and 2013.

  • Avoid billowing or long-trailing fabric on costumes. Costume material may easily ignite upon contact with heat or flame.

  • Give children flashlights and/or glow sticks while they are trick or treating. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure their eyeholes are large enough so they can see clearly.

  • Keep flammable decorations away from heat sources. Dried flowers, cornstalks, and crepe paper are highly flammable and should be kept away from open flames and other heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.

  • Use glow sticks or battery-operated candles in jack-o-lanterns. They are much safer, and create a scary look that lasts longer. However, if you do decide to use a candle, use extreme caution. Light the candle with a long fireplace-style match or a utility lighter.

  • Trick-or-treat in a group. Make sure at least one responsible adult is present and has a fully charged cell-phone.

  • Look left or right and check for traffic before crossing streets. Halloween is a busy time and roadways will be full of costumed pedestrians.

  • Be a vigilant driver throughout this busy night. Drive extra carefully in residential areas by eliminating interior distractions and being cognizant of your surroundings.

  • Check your candy before you dig in! Throw out any suspicious or opened candy. Only accept homemade candy or treats from friends, family, and neighbors who you trust.

  • Designate a driver. If you are a bit too old for trick-or-treating and want to celebrate, be sure to have a designated driver. Calling for a taxi or Uber is far cheaper than being arrested for drunk driving.

Here are some additional tips from the Glendale Police Department:

The City of Glendale wishes you and your loved ones a happy, fun, but most importantly safe Halloween.


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