Halloween fire safety
October 25, 2016
For Immediate Release
Saanich, BC – Halloween is a fun and spooky time of year for kids. The Saanich Fire Department is offering a few safety tips to help make trick-or-treating safe for your little monsters:
Children should always go trick-or-treating with a responsible adult.
When choosing a costume, stay away from billowing or long trailing fabric. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see out.
Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume.
Be sure your children understand the importance of avoiding eating their treats until an adult has properly examined them.
Keep flammable decorations away from heat sources, such as candles, heaters, and stoves. Hay, corn stalks, and dry flowers are highly flammable.
Light jack-o’-lanterns with a battery-powered light – NEVER use candles!
Remember fireworks safety – never point or throw fireworks at anyone or anything, never hold fireworks in your hand while lighting them and never attempt to re-light or move fireworks that fail to go off.
Bonfires and fireworks are only allowed on October 31 between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. Both require a permit from the Saanich Fire Department.
“Halloween is a great time for the young, and the young-at-heart," said Captain Jerry Tomljenovic. "With darkness descending shortly after 5 p.m., we strongly encourage children to wear bright, flame resistant, reflective costumes. We all love a good scare on Halloween, but not at the expense of children’s safety.”
Contact Saanich Fire Department for more Halloween safety tips at 250-475-5500 or visit http://www.saanich.ca/EN/main/community/fire-prevention-safety.html
Jerry Tomljenovic, Public Education Officer
Saanich Fire Department