Last Halloween, October 31, 2010, the Houston Fire Department responded to about 50 more calls for emergency medical service than the average, practically for falls and assaults. The overall number of fire incidents was down last Halloween, compared to the average, however, there was an increase in dumpster fires.
The Houston Fire Department would like citizens to keep these following suggestions in mind when "trick or treating" this Halloween.
These and other safety tips may be found on the HFD website at www.houstonfire.org
- Wear reflective or bright-colored clothing.
- Make sure costumes are flame retardant. Avoid highly flammable fabrics & accessories.
- Illuminate pumpkins with small flashlights or battery operated candles instead of real candles.
- Keep burning Jack-o-Lanterns away from curtains and combustible items, including decorations, as well as walkways.
- Masks should have eye holes large enough to prevent visual obstructions.
- Children should wait until they get home to eat candy. Inspect candy for possible tampering. If not wrapped or loosely wrapped do not eat it.
- Everyone should carry a flashlight or some other form of light to make you more visible to motorists.
- Be alert for cars that may be turning into or out of driveways. Never cross between parked cars and always cross at street corners.
- If there is no sidewalk, walk facing the oncoming traffic.
- Be cautious of strangers. Never go into a stranger’s house or accept a ride from a stranger.
- Only approach houses where the outside lights are on as a signal of welcome.
- If you feel threatened or in danger while trick or treating you can go to any Houston Fire or Police Station.