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LS Fire asks you to be Halloween safe


October 31, 2013

Halloween is a fun and exciting time of the year for children, but they can be susceptible to injury on this night. To ensure trick-or-treaters stay safe, Lake Stevens Fire (LSF) and Safe Kids Snohomish County recommend the following tips to keep children safe:

• Children’s costumes should be flame retardant and be easily seen at night (either a light color or decorated with reflective tape).

• Choose to use face-paint and makeup; as a mask can restrict a child’s vision.

• Children under 10 should always trick-or-treat with an adult.

• Only trick-or-treat in familiar, well lit areas.

• Children should be taught to cross the street at corners or crosswalks and look both ways and listen for cars before crossing.

• Check treats for signs of tampering before children are allowed to eat them.

• Carry a flashlight to increase visibility.

Adults should expect heavy foot traffic the day of Halloween, which lands on a Thursday this year, as children may be out in the streets trick-or-treating. Drivers should be extra careful of pedestrians the week of Halloween. LSF and Safe Kids Snohomish County recommend the following tips for drivers:

• Be especially alert and slow down in residential neighborhoods.

• Remember that some costumes may limit a child’s visibility and they may not be able to see you.

• Remember that children are excited on this night and may move in unpredictable ways.

• Enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully.

• Remove any distractions inside your vehicle so you can be alert of your surroundings and the road.

Take time to be safe and be seen this Halloween! For more information on Halloween Safety, visit Safe Kids Worldwide website:

LSF will be distributing fire safety cards during the annual Family Safe Halloween Festival downtown Lake Stevens. This event is hosted by the Lake Stevens Family Center on Halloween night, October 31, from 5 – 8:30 p.m. Hope to see you there!


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