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Halloween Safety Tips

From the Los Angeles Fire Department

Before Halloween
* Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame. 
* Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags for greater visibility. 
* Secure emergency identification (name, address, phone number) discreetly within Halloween attire or on a bracelet. 
* Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. 
* When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories, look for and purchase only those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant. 
* Think twice before using simulated knives, guns or swords. If such props must be used, be certain they do not appear authentic and are soft and flexible to prevent injury. 
* Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts. 
* Plan ahead to use only battery powered lanterns or chemical lightsticks in place of candles in decorations and costumes. 
* This is also a great time to buy fresh batteries for your home Smoke Alarms. 
* Teach children to how call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they have an emergency or become lost. Remind them that 9-1-1 can be dialed free at any payphone. 
* Review with your children the principle of "Stop-Drop-Roll", should their clothes catch on fire. 
* Openly discuss appropriate and inappropriate behavior at Halloween time. 
* Consider purchasing individually packaged healthy food alternatives (or safe non-food treats) for those who visit your home. 
* Take extra effort to eliminate tripping hazards on your porch and walkway. Check around your property for low tree limbs, support wires or garden hoses that may prove hazardous to young children rushing from house to house. 
* Learn or review CPR skills to aid someone who is choking or having a heart attack. 
* Consider safe party guidelines when hosting an Adult or Office Party. 

Fun Alternatives
* Ask around your community and check your local newspaper for information on special events. 
* Community Centers, Shopping Malls and Houses of Worship often have organized festivities. 
* Share the fun by arranging a visit to a Retirement Home or Senior Center. 
* Create an alliance with College Fraternities, Sororities or Service Clubs for children's face painting or a carnival. 

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