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Halloween Safety Tips from the Boston Fire Department

Keep your children and loved ones safe this Halloween with tips from the Boston Fire Department.

From safety tips on trick-or-treating or guidance about costumes, the Boston Fire Department has released a list of procedures all Boston parents and guardians should take to keep loved ones safe this Halloween. 

Trick-or-Treating

  • Small children should always be accompanied by an adult. They should also be taken out early.
  • Know what neighborhoods children will be in.
  • Don't allow them in areas you're not completely comfortable with.
  • Children should stay in a group.
  • There should be ground rules set first, like what time to be home.
  • Give children change to use a pay phone, if necessary. 
  • Always use sidewalks.
  • Cover one side of the street at a time - no criss-crossing.
  • Never enter a stranger's home or accept a ride. 
  • Only approach houses with lights on outside. 
  • Bags should be checked by adults before eating a single treat. 

Costumes

  • Costumes should be bright-colored with reflective tape.
  • Be sure all parts of the costumes are labeled "flame retardant."
  • Costumes should not have trailing material or long tails.
  • Pointed objects such as swords and devil's forks should be made of soft material.
  • All masks should have eye holes large enough to see through clearly.
  • Children should wear sturdy shoes and temperature-appropriate clothing underneath their costumes. 

Receiving Trick-or-Treaters and Decorations

  • Make sure your home is well-lit.
  • Make sure there is a clear path to your door (remove bicycles or lawn furniture that could be in the way.)
  • Use a small flashlight in pumpkins instead of a candle.
  • Only use flame-proof crepe paper.
  • Keep dried leaves and corn stalks away from all flames and heat sources. 
  • Firecrackers, cherry bombs and fireworks are illegal in Massachusetts. They can cause injury and fires on Halloween and should not be used.

Checking Treats

  • Throw out anything that appears to be tampered with, is home made or home packaged, unless you are certain of the source.
  • Inspect fruit closely.
  • Take away treats that are not age appropriate (young children can choke on hard candies or peanuts.) 

Note: Information used in this guide was taken directly from a Boston Fire Department flyer on Halloween safety. You can read the full notice here

Owen October 28, 2012 at 12:19 AM
I had some awesome costumes gorwing up, and not a single one ever had "reflective tape". I, along with millions of others, survived. The fun is being sapped from everything in the name of safety.

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