S.J. fire chiefs offer Halloween safety tips

Vic Solari, the San Joaquin County Fire Chiefs Association fire prevention and public education committee chairperson, sent us the following press release with safety tips for Halloween.

S.J. County Fire Chiefs

Urge Safety for Halloween

Every year unnecessary deaths and injuries occur while Halloween is celebrated. These tragedies can be prevented. To help you and your family have a safe and fun Halloween experience; the San Joaquin County Fire Chiefs Association wants to remind everyone of some simple steps to follow:


  • Never trick-or-treat alone. Have at least two buddies with you.
  • Adults should always accompany children trick-or-treating.
  • Wear only flame retardant costumes that have reflective markings and that are brightly colored.
  • Carry a flashlight.
  • Don’t play near jack-o’-lanterns.
  • Only visit houses where the lights are on.
  • Walk on sidewalks and driveways.
  • Cross streets at intersections or in crosswalks
  • Take a cellular phone with you.
  • Never go inside of a house. Accept treats only in the doorway.
  • Plan your route and make sure your family knows what it is.
  • Be cautious of strangers.
  • Costumes should not drag the ground.
  • Say thank you for your treats.
  • Always use common sense.


  • Warn children not to eat any treats before an adult examines them for evidence of tampering.
  • Carefully examine any toys or novelty items received by trick-or-treaters under three years of age. Do not allow young children to have any items that are small enough to present a choking hazard or that have small parts or components that separate during use and present a choking hazard.


  • Keep candles and jack-o’-lanterns in places where costumes won’t come in contact with the flame.
  • Remove obstacles from lawns, steps and porches when expecting trick-or-treaters.
  • Indoors, keep candles and jack-o/-lanterns away from curtains, decorations and other combustibles that could be ignited.
  • Use only lights that have been tested for safety by a recognized testing laboratory. Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. Discard damaged lights.
  • Don’t overload extensions cords.

Web Content Producer Ian Hill covered music and entertainment for The Record from 2005-2007 and as 209Vibe editor from 2007-2009. He contributes to the LENS blog.

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