KILGORE FIRE DEPARTMENT SAFETY TIPS

Stay safe on Halloween

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A weekly article that will offer information concerning the Kilgore Fire Department and provide safety tips for home and family.

Fall celebrations like Halloween are fun times for children (and adults), who can dress up in constumes, enjoy parties, and eat yummy treats. These celebrations also provide a chance to give out healthy snacks, get physical activity, and ocus on safety. Check out these tips to help make the festivities fun and safet for your trick-or-or treaters and party guests.

Trick or Treat With an Adult
•Children should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If children are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick or treat in groups.

Walk Safely
•Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
•Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
•Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
•Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
•Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest crossings.
•Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe
•Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers, and if possible, choose light colors.
•Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
•Have children carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
•When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

Drive Extra Safely on Halloween
•Slow down and be expecially alert in residential neighorhoods.
•Take extra time to look for children at intersections, medians, and on curbs.
•Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
•Eliminate any distractions inside your car so that you can concentrate on your surroundings.
•Drive slowly and anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on.

Stay S.A.F.F.E.,
Johnny Bellows
Fire Chief

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