City FD on Halloween Safety
Written by Dan Fischer on October 18, 2019
It’s Fall and the Halloween celebration will soon be upon us. There will be children dressed in costumes excitedly running door to door to trick-or-treat, festive decorations like glowing jack-o-lanterns, paper ghosts and dried cornstalks adorning front porches – these are some of the classic hallmarks of Halloween
that make the holiday special for kids and adults alike.
Unfortunately, these Halloween symbols and activities can also present lurking fire risks that have the potential to become truly scary. But by planning ahead, you can help make this Halloween a fire-safe one. Taking simple fire safety precautions can help ensure your holiday remains festive and fun.
Fire Chief Stefano Napolitano and the City of Batavia Fire Department in conjunction with the United States Fire Administration would like to offer several safety tips:
Stay in groups while trick–or-treating
Costumes should be well fitting, flame resistant, highly visible and free of long trailing fabric
Always test makeup for potential skin allergy before applying
Remember to look both ways when crossing streets
Always stay on sidewalks
Provide children with flashlights and glow sticks for visibility
Avoid dark houses
Examine all treats before eating
Enjoy with caution
Lastly, Chief Napolitano highly recommends keeping Halloween decorations away from any open flames,
light bulbs and heaters. It is very easy for decorations such as dried flowers, cornstalks, crepe paper to catch
Napolitano also recommends keeping exits clear of any decorations so as to not block your exits in the
event of a fire. Also, the Chief suggests testing your smoke detectors to ensure that they are working or
request fire department staff to inspect and test for you.
If a resident has any questions or concerns regarding any of these tips, they can contact the
City of Batavia Fire Headquarters at 585-345-6375.