Be Safe this Halloween

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Halloween Safety
Halloween is coming up, and the Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Safe Kids Gwinnett, and the Gwinnett County Police Department want to remind you to be safe. Here are a few tips to use on Halloween night:
For your home:
  • Only use decorations that are tested by an independent laboratory
  • Never overload electrical outlets with holiday lighting or special effects
  • Keep paper and dry decorations such as leaves, cornstalks, and hay bales away from open flames or any other heat source
  • Use flashlights in jack-o-lanterns instead of candles to prevent a fire
  • Avoid using decorative candles at Halloween festivities and parties, especially around pets and small children
  • Eliminate tripping hazards on your porch or walkway to the front door; light the path for a safe entry and exit for children
Costumes:
  • Costumes should fit properly; baggy sleeves or billowing capes pose a tripping hazard as well as a fire hazard
  • Use soft or flexible props for costumes and avoid those that have sharp points or jagged edges
  • If kids are carrying toy weapons as part of their costumes, make sure they do not look authentic; use only soft or plastic toy replicas to prevent injury
  • Carry a flashlight or glow stick as part of the costume
  • Consider adding reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for better visibility
  • Choose costumes that are bright-colored and made of flame-resistant materials; look for a fire-retardant label on any store-bought costume
Trick-or-Treating:
  • Trick-or-treat in familiar neighborhoods
  • Walk! Don’t run from house to house and use the sidewalk if available
  • Never enter a house when trick-or-treating
  • Never accept a ride or go with a stranger
  • Stay in groups
  • Report any suspicious activity to the police immediately
Candy:
  • Check all candy wrappers for signs of tampering
  • Discard any candy this is open or unwrapped
  • Avoid giving hard candy to small children
Motorists:
  • Drive slowly and remain cautious, especially in residential areas
  • Watch for children walking in the street or standing in the median
  • Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations
  • Avoid the use of drugs and alcohol

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