KPD and KFD Offer Tips for a Safe Halloween

Communications Director

Eric Vreeland
evreeland@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-3480

400 Main St., Room 654A
Knoxville, TN 37902

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KPD and KFD Offer Tips for a Safe Halloween

Posted: 10/26/2016
KPD HalloweenCourtesy of the Knoxville Police Department and the Knoxville Fire Department, here are some tips to make sure Halloween goes well for you and your children.

• Make sure your children wear a costume that fits (so they don’t trip over it), and that they can see and hear well. Masks should allow full vision. If possible, wear face paint instead of a mask.

• Purchase or use only flame-retardant costumes and masks. 

• Choose a costume that is light in color. Put reflective or glow in the dark patches on it so your children are easily seen.

• Try to trick-or-treat when it is still light outside. Carry a flashlight in case of delay.

• Stay within your neighborhood and only visit homes you know or attend a church organized event instead of going door-to-door.

• An adult or older sibling should accompany younger children or travel in groups for safety.

• Instruct your children not to go into homes or apartments.

• Use sidewalks, where possible, and obey traffic signals. Avoid walking in the street. For better vision, remove masks before crossing the streets.

KFD Halloween• Establish rules for children to follow and review them before the children are allowed to trick-or-treat.

• Advise children to accept only sealed treats, and not to eat any treats until you examine them at home.

• If you discover that your child has received treats that have been tampered with, try to determine where they came from. Report the incident to police.

• Those who welcome trick-or-treaters should turn on their porch lights

• Instead of a candle to light a jack-o-lantern, use a small flashlight or a liquid light that glows for several hours after you bend it.

• Never use combustible materials in a haunted house or display, especially styrofoam and other plastics, gauze type materials and other loose flammables such as leaves and papers. These materials can quickly cause the spread of fire.

• Haunted house operators should be careful not to block exits for fire escape and emergency lighting systems must remain in operable condition. Fire escapes also should be clearly marked.

• People with questions on what materials are acceptable for use in putting up a haunted house display should contact the Knoxville Fire Department at 865-595-4480.