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AMERIND Risk Halloween Safety Tips: Preparing Makes Sense in Indian Country

Having a plan for Halloween safety and fire prevention is all part of taking care of yourself, your family and your Tribal community.
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Having a plan for Halloween safety and fire prevention is all part of taking care of yourself, your family and your Tribal community. AMERIND Risk encourages everyone to prepare and take the necessary steps for a fun and safe holiday. Educate your children on the dangers of fire, keep matches and lighters out of their reach and go over “trick-or-treaters” safety tips the day before Halloween.

The American Red Cross fact sheet states 38 percent of home candle fires; result in 35 percent of associated deaths and 20 percent of home candle fires involve unsupervised children. Take measures and prepare to keep your home, fire safe during the upcoming holiday. AMERIND recommends using a battery powered jack o’ lantern instead of flaming candles.

Remember that a lit candle is fire and should be kept at least 12 inches from anything that is flammable. Also, make sure to extinguish all candlelit jack o’ lanterns once you have retired for the evening. Have a safe Halloween!

Halloween Safety TipsFor Trick-or-Treaters:

— Carry a flashlight; Walk, don���t run; Stay on sidewalks; Obey traffic signals.

— Stay in familiar neighborhoods; don’t cut across yards or driveways.

— Wear a watch you can read in the dark; Make sure costumes don’t drag on the ground.

— Shoes should fit (even if they don’t go with your costume).

— Avoid wearing masks while walking from house to house.

— Carry only flexible toy knives, swords or other props.

— Wear clothing with reflective markings or tape; Approach only houses that are lit.

— Stay away from pets and animals that you don’t know.

For Parents and Homeowners:

— Make sure your children eat dinner before setting out.

— Children should carry a cellular phone if one is available.

— Young children should be accompanied by an adult.

— Older children should have a set curfew.

— Costumes should be made out of flame-retardant material.

— Although tampering is rare, tell children to bring the candy home to be inspected before consuming anything. Discard anything that looks suspect.

— Make sure your yard is clear of things like ladders, hoses, dog leashes, flower pots.

— Pets may get frightened; protect them from cars or from biting children.

— Use battery powered jack o’ lantern instead of flaming candles.

Consider healthy snack foods such as raisins, low-fat crackers, and single serve packets of popcorn or cereal or non-food treats like pencils or plastic toys.