Halloween can be scary and safe!

Having a spooktacular Halloween doesn’t mean skimping on safety. The Penticton Fire Department encourages parents and children to keep Halloween safe and fun with these safety tips:

  • Decorations – Keep decorations such as dried flowers, paper and other highly flammable items well away from all heat sources such as flame, light bulbs and heaters. Never leave a candle unattended. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution.  Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit. Avoid using real candles in jack-o-lanterns; instead use a flashlight or battery-operated candle.  Lights and other decorations should be certified by a recognized organization such as the Canadian Standards Association.  Keep exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Halloween parties – If attending Halloween parties at other’s homes have a plan to get out, look for ways out in the event of an emergency. Make sure all smoke alarms in the home are working.
  • Choosing a costume – Choose Halloween costumes, wigs and accessories that are flame-resistant or flame-retardant.  Avoid costumes with long trailing pieces that may easily ignite or cause accidental falls. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape, stickers or glow sticks.  Masks can often obstruct a child’s vision; if your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see or try using make-up or non-toxic face paint.
  • Traffic safety – on Halloween night four times more children are injured in pedestrian/automobile accidents than any other night of the year.  Provide your child with a flashlight and review road safety.  Drivers should be especially alert for children between the hours of 5:30pm to 9:30 pm.
  • Child safety – Remind children to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and to trick-or-treat in groups.  Educate children to stay clear of open flames and other heat sources. Review Stop, Drop and Roll in the event clothes catch fire.
  • Fireworks – The use of fireworks by untrained individuals may result in unnecessary injuries.  Teach children that fireworks are not toys and that if they find fireworks, they should TELL an adult.  It is unsafe for children to pick up fireworks and bring them to an adult. Please note, the Fire and Life Safety Bylaw requires anyone who wants to put on a firework display to obtain a permit from the Penticton Fire Department.