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Trick or Treat safety tips

CAMINO – “Whatever time of year it is, safety is our number one concern. Preventing an injury or illness before it happens maybe difficult to measure as far as statistics go, but it is everyone’s primary mission, especially when it comes to children,” said Cal Fire Amador-El Dorado Unit Chief Kelly Keenan. “Halloween is an enchanting day for little ones but with it comes a challenge in keeping them safe. Here are some tips to prevent a disaster before it happens.”

Here are some Cal Fire tips to keep everyone safe:

  • Make sure Halloween costumes allow a child to see clearly and walk without tripping. Make-up is a better choice than a mask, especially for very small children.
  • Costumes should be flame resistant. For store bought costumes, check the packaging or labels for specific information. If the costume is homemade, fire resistant sprays are available and can be sprayed on the costume before the child wears the costume.
  • If the costume is a dark color add reflective tape to make the costume more visible at night.
  • Be sure to have flashlights to light the way for trick or treaters.
  • Do not use candles; instead replace them with battery operated candles.
  • Make sure your decorations are flame resistant and that they do not block entry/exit routes.
  • Review the Stop-Drop and Roll fire safety lesson before going out. Not everyone may be as fire safe as you and someone may have a candle that can catch a child’s costume on fire. Better to be safe than sorry.
  • If you attend a party away from home, make sure you know where your exits are in the event of fire.
  • Check the candy. Make sure all are properly wrapped. If in doubt, throw it out!

Don’t miss the Halloween Spooktacular on Oct. 31 at El Dorado Hills Town Center. Get your two-legged and four-legged little ones all dressed up and head to the shopping center between 4 and 6 p.m. for some devilish trick-or-treating. A costume contest will be held at 5:30.

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