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Cal Fire Offers Trick or Treat Fire Safety

As families prepare for what has become an increasingly popular holiday, CAL FIRE would like to remind everyone to take a few simple safety precautions in order to ensure a fun and safe Halloween. Cal-Fire Spokesman Daniel Berlant explains candle decorations combined with flowing costumes create an increased risk of fire.

“Make sure if they use any open flames or any type of candles, keep any decorations away from it. Keep any decorations away from it. We see so many fires started by candles in jack o lanterns and or a part of decoration. As you go and pick out your child’s costume, make sure that it’s flame resistant. Accidents can happen so quickly and it can catch on fire, so make sure that it’s flame resistant so it can withstand catching on fire.”

Cal-fire also reminds parents Children should always go trick-or-treating with a responsible adult, have flashlights or glow sticks to carry for lighting and visibility, Review how to cross a street with your child. Remind children to stay together as a group when walking from house to house and remember to closely inspect all candy before allowing children to eat it, discarding any unwrapped treats from a stranger. If in doubt, throw it out!

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