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Lake County Fire Rescue reminds residents about Halloween fire safety, changing batteries in smoke detectors

RELEASE DATE: October 26, 2006

TAVARES — Keen fire-safety sense is paramount during Halloween festivities.

The Lake County Department of Public Safety, Fire Rescue Division, is encouraging parents and trick-or-treaters to take the necessary precautions to celebrate a safe and happy Halloween on Tuesday, Oct. 31. By planning ahead, this Halloween can be a hazard-free and fun evening. Taking simple safety precautions can prevent fires and injuries.

The Fire Rescue Division will also like to remind citizens to change the batteries in their smoke-detectors for daylight-saving time on Sunday, Oct. 29. Fire officials across the nation encourage homeowners to replace batteries in smoke detectors when they change their clocks because it provides a convenient reminder. Daylight-saving time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday.

Halloween Fire Safety Tips
• Purchase only costumes, wigs and props labeled flame resistant or flame retardant. When creating a costume, choose material that does not easily ignite in contact with heat or flame.

• Plan costumes that are brightly colored or have reflective material. Be sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.

• Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all trick-or-treaters and their escorts, or incorporate chemical light sticks into costumes.

• Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs.

• Use extreme caution when decorating with candles, and supervise children at all times when candles are lit. Jack-o-lanterns can also be illuminated with battery-powered lanterns or chemical light sticks.

• Be sure to place lit jack-o-lanterns well away from all combustible items such as drapes and decorations, or areas where children and pets will be standing or walking.

• Do not overload electrical outlets with holiday lighting or special effects.

• Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, ensuring nothing blocks escape routes.

• Use flashlights as alternatives to candles or bamboo torches when decorating walkways and yards. They are much safer for trick-or-treaters, whose costumes may brush against them.

• Try to eliminate tripping hazards around porches and walkways. Remove flowerpots, low tree limbs, support wires or garden hoses that may prove hazardous to young trick-or-treaters.

• Instruct children to stay away from open flames or other heat sources. Be sure children know how to stop, drop and roll in the event costumes catch fire.


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