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

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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 that 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 Tips

For 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.

Tips on preventing fires, and creating a safer home environment can be found on AMERIND’s website at www.AMERINDRisk.org, or by going to its Facebook page. Or call AMERIND’s Safety Department at 800-352-3496.

About AMERIND Risk

AMERIND Risk was founded 30 years ago by more than 400 tribes who united and pooled their resources to create AMERIND Risk to keep money within Indian Country. AMERIND Risk provides employee benefits, and property, liability and workers compensation insurance for tribes, tribal governments, tribal businesses and individual property coverage. It is the only 100%, tribally-owned and operated insurance solutions provider in Indian Country. In May of 2016, AMERIND launched a new business line AMERIND Critical Infrastructure (ACI) which will help tribes obtain high-speed internet. To learn more about Tribes Protecting Tribes or for an insurance quote, go to AMERINDRisk.org.