Have a Safe and Fun Halloween

For young children, Halloween night is one of the best of the year. But trick-or-treating can be dangerous if kids and parents aren’t careful. Take a look at some vital trick-or-treating tips before you accompany your child.

1. Plan a route in advance.

Trick-or-treating could take you several streets away from your house, which can cause sore legs and a bit of frustration. Avoid long paths by mapping out a route before leaving the house. Stick to paths that you and your child are familiar with to avoid getting lost.

2. Wear comfy shoes.

Make sure you and your children are in comfortable, well-fitting shoes. Girls in dresses should avoid heels, and all shoelaces should be double-tied to avoid tripping in the dark.

3. Stay well-lit.

Apply reflective tape to your child’s costume to ensure they are seen by drivers on the road. Also, carry a flashlight with you to keep your child’s path lit at all times.

4. Make sure all costumes are short.

Long costumes that drag on the ground can be dangerous, especially at night. After purchasing your child’s costume, make sure it’s an appropriate length, and hem anything that’s too long to avoid tripping.

5. Avoid masks.

Masks can make it difficult for your child to see or breathe. If possible, skip the mask altogether and use non-toxic make-up to complete the costume instead.

6. Use flexible props.

Try to avoid costumes that have weapons as accessories. But if your child’s costume won’t be complete without a weapon, make sure it is rubber or plastic. Choose a prop that won’t cause injury to your child or their friends.

7. Check your child’s candy.

When sorting through candy at the end of the night, be sure to throw away any candy that is not in its original wrapper, or looks as though it has been opened.

Source: http://www.rd.com/home/7-trick-or-treating-safety-tips/

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Fire Safety Month

As we get closer to fire safety month, the Ely Fire Department wants everyone to practice fire safety. Remember your EDITH (Exit Drills in the Home – ask any 4th grader that went to the College Community School district in 3rd grade for what this entails :-)) plan. Simple things like keeping flammable materials away from open flames, not letting kids play or use lighters or matches and having working fire extinguishers can go a long ways to keeping you and your family safe.

The relative risk of individuals aged 65 and over dying in a fire is 2.6 times greater than that of the general population. The risk worsens as age increases. The risk of dying in a fire soars to 4.4 times of those adults over the age of 84.

Older adults are more vulnerable in a fire than the general population due to a combination of factors including mental and physical frailties, greater use of medications and elevated likelihood of living in a poverty situation.

The leading cause of fire deaths in older adults is smoking and the leading cause of fire injuries in older adults cooking.

Following are a few simple tips to keep you and those you love fire safe:

Don’t leave smoking material unattended and never smoke in bed.

Never leave cooking unattended. Use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.

Reference: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/focus/mar_2012_olderadult.pdf

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