State Fire Marshal Releases Halloween Safety Tips

HYANNIS – State fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey has released some tips for safe trick or treating, and other Halloween festivities.

Several of the tips are centered on the fact that more children are hit by cars on Halloween than any other holiday, so it’s important for children to be visible and to practice pedestrian safety.

“Children should carry a flashlight or glow sticks and costumes should be brightly colored or have reflective tape to high light the. Remind children to cross at corners or use crosswalks,” said Ostroskey.

Drivers are also reminded to use extra caution.

Other tips include

-Switch to battery operated candles.

-Keep all decorations like cornstalks and hay away from heat sources and candles.

-Be sure all parts of costumes are labeled flame retardant.

Costumes should not have trailing materials or tails.

-If your child is wearing a mask instead of make u, make sure the eye holes are large enough to see through clearly.

– Make sure your home is well lit inside and out and that there is a clear path to your door.

-Children under 12 should always be with an adult. If older children are going out by themselves, they should have a curfew.

-Remind youngsters to use crosswalks.

– Teach Children to put down electronic devices, keep heads up and walk, not run across the street.

-Fireworks are dangerous and illegal in Massachusetts. The ban includes firecrackers, cherry bombs and party poppers.

-After use remember to put matches and lighters away in a high locked cabinet, because children might be tempted to relight jack-o-lanterns.

“We want to just encourage people to just have a really safe and enjoyable night and enjoy the time of year and the holiday fun”, said Ostroskey.

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