Don’t Ghost Emergency Preparedness

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Halloween is fast approaching, and you and your kids may be super excited for a ghoul time. Whatever form your celebration takes, make sure it includes safety and preparedness.

Whether you’re a ghost or zombie, vampire or witch, unsafe costume choices—including decorative contact lenses and flammable costumes—can cause injuries that haunt you long after Halloween.

Halloween Tips and Tricks:

  • Make sure costumes are flame retardant. Avoid highly flammable fabrics & accessories.
  • Illuminate pumpkins with small flashlights or battery-operated candles instead of real candles.
  • Keep burning Jack-o’-lanterns away from curtains and combustible items, including decorations, as well as walkways.
  • Masks should have eyeholes large enough to prevent visual obstructions.
  • Children should wait until they get home to eat candy. Inspect candy for possible tampering or food allergens.
  • Everyone should carry a flashlight or some other form of light to make you more visible to motorists.
  • Consider wearing reflective or bright-colored clothing.
  • Be alert for cars that may be turning into or out of driveways. Never cross between parked cars and always cross at street corners.
  • If there is no sidewalk, walk facing the oncoming traffic.
  • Be cautious of strangers. Never go into a stranger’s house or accept a ride from a stranger.
  • Only approach houses where the outside lights are on as a signal of welcome.
  • If you feel threatened or in danger while “trick or treating” you can go to any Houston Fire or Police Station.

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