With Halloween fast approaching it’s extremely important to remember the significance of being safe during the fall festivities. Accidents happen everyday and are in fact, more likely to occur during the holidays. It’s statistically proven that children are twice as likely to be hit by a motor vehicle on Halloween night while trick-or-treating, than any other night in the year. In a direct effort to avoid tragedies such as this, the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department strongly encourages all who are participating in the festivities to review some basic safety tips.
The best guarantee to keep your children safe during Halloween is to accompany them at all times. If you can’t take them trick-or-treating yourself, see if another adult can. To insure safe trick-or-treating for teenagers, know the route they are taking and have them check in with you every half hour. Make sure that they know not to deviate from the planned route so you always know where they are. Be sure that the older kids have cell phones and are capable of calling 911, if needed.
For those of you who plan to drive your children from house to house totrick-or-treat, please be very cautious of other children walking. Drive slowly and be alert of your surroundings at all times.
Handing out candy to trick-or-treaters is also something to think about. Please consider giving only wrapped goods and be alert to potential food allergies. For the adults responsible of the trick-or-treaters, remember to always check all candy before consumed. Be sure to throw away any defective or questionable items that may have been acquired. Baked goods should also be thrown away unless given by an acquaintance.
While picking out the right costume can sometimes be challenging for children, it’s important that as the adult, you think safety while helping them choose. Some tips for a safe costume include:
- Be sure the child’s costume has high reflective visibility, always walk with flashlights or glow sticks to enhance your presence.
- Pick a costume that is fire proof or treated with fire retardant.
- If a mask is included in the costume, make sure the eyeholes are large enough for good peripheral vision.
- All costumes should be size appropriate to prevent trip and fall injuries.
- Make sure that if your child is carrying a prop, such as a butcher knife or a pitchfork, that the tips are smooth and flexible enough to not cause injury if fallen on.
This fire safety message brought to you by the City of Marco Island Fire Rescue Department. Chris is the Public Education Coordinator for the department. Chris can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 239-389-5040.
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Firefighter/Paramedic Heath Nagel has lived in Collier County for just over nine years and has worked for the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department since January 8th, 2009. Heath was born and raised in Plantation, Florida. After high school he attended college at The University of Central Florida. Heath graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. He then went on to the fire academy to pursue his passion for helping people. Heath also attended paramedic school and is an instrumental part to the Fire Rescue Department’s team in running a successful medical emergency incident. Heath is married to his beautiful wife Marcia, who is on a management team for a cancer treatment company, 21st Century Oncology. Through his years in the MIFD he has become a CPR instructor as well as a hazmat technician and has held the position of rescue lieutenant. Being a certified firefighter paramedic, Heath has resuscitated and saved over a half a dozen people in his career.