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Tahoe chief’s corner: Follow these Halloween safety tips

Mike Brown
Special to the Bonanza
It's best avoid candles in jack-o-lanterns and for other Halloween-themed decorations, especially at Lake Tahoe, where fire danger is signficant.
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With Halloween around the corner, the Fire District would like to remind folks about some Fire Safety Tips that will help keep your goblins safe:

If your children are going to Halloween parties at others’ homes, have them look for ways out of the home and plan how they would get out in an emergency.

When choosing a costume, stay away from long trailing fabric. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see out.

Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks ad part of their costume.

Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters. Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper catch fire easily.

Use battery-operated candle or glow-stick in jack-o-lanterns. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit. When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long, fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter. Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards.

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

Make sure all smoke alarms in the home are working.

Tell children to stay away from open flames including jack-o-lanterns with candles in them. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire (have them practice, stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with hands, and rolling over to put the flames out).

Please don’t trick or treat alone. Make sure a grown up goes with you and follow the rules of the road. When crossing the street, stop at the curb and look both ways before crossing. Have a safe and Happy Halloween.

“Chief’s Corner” is a regular feature in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza from North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Chief Mike Brown, offering information, tips and education material on fire safety, emergency preparedness and other pertinent topics.