ROCKFORD- This Thursday, October 31, we will be celebrating Halloween. The Rockford Fire Department wants everyone to enjoy the festivities safely, and so has some tips on how to avoid the dangers that become more common on this holiday:
- Drive safely: While it is always important to pay attention while driving, in addition to the normal distractions, there will be several small children out trick-or-treating, so extra caution is advised. Nearly twice as many child pedestrians are killed between the hours of 4 and 10 p.m. on Halloween than at the same time any other day of the year.
- Be safe while walking your neighborhood: Just as drivers need to be more cautious on Halloween, so do trick-or-treaters. Wear costumes that are visible in the dark, walk in groups and look both ways before crossing the street.
- Be a safe house for trick-or-treaters: Make sure that your doorway is well-lit and remove anything that might be a trip or slip hazard for those visiting your house this Halloween.
- Decorate your house safely: If you are displaying a jack-o-lantern this Halloween, please consider using battery-powered lights instead of candles, as they are far less likely to cause a fire. If you must use candles, make certain that
the pumpkins are on stable ground and that you maintain at least 3 feet of clearance from any other objects. Also, if you are using electrically-powered decorations such as lights, be sure to not overload your outlet with too many cords. This also can be a major fire hazard.
If you follow these tips, you can go a long way to enjoying a fun and safe Halloween this year.