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Halloween Safety Tips Brought to you by: The DEP Training Section Halloween History Halloween was originally a Celtic celebration to welcome in the winter season.

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Halloween Safety Tips

Brought to you by: The DEP Training Section


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Halloween History

  • Halloween was originally a Celtic celebration to welcome in the winter season.

  • During this time, the Celts would open up their burial mounds allowing the spirits of their dead to walk through the village during the celebration.


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Halloween History

  • These wandering spirits would either bring safety to the villagers during the winter (Treat) or they would usher in cold, hard times (Trick).


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Modern Halloween

  • Now that Halloween has lost some if its more sinister connotations, it hasbecome an event based on fun and fantasy for adults and children alike.


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Modern Halloween

  • The marketplace sees Halloween as mainly a “sales event preparation” – an event that prepares retailers and consumers for the major holidays to follow – Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and Valentines Day.


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Modern Halloween

  • It is also a good excuse

    to dress like Batman

    and eat as much candy

    as you can in 24 hours!


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Halloween Safety Topics

  • Treats

  • Costume Materials

  • Costume Design

  • Houses to Trick-or-Treat

  • Pedestrian Safety


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Treats

  • Do not eat anything you receive while Trick-or-Treating until it is checked by an adult

    • Food may be contaminated

    • Allergies

  • Candy Checks

    • Carefully check all candy received as soon as the Trick-or-Treaters arrive home

    • Remove all tampered, old, and “funny looking” candy

    • Hospitals and Police Stations will check candy for FREE

  • Bring your own candy to eat while Trick-or-Treating



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Costume Materials

  • FLAME RESISTANT MATERIALS!!

    • $ 2.99 Costumes = NO!!

      • As a general rule, the cheaper the costume the less flame resistant it will be.

    • Rayon and Synthetic Costumes


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Costume Design

  • Trim costumes with reflective tape

  • Carry flashlights (glow sticks, flaming skulls, light sabers, etc.)

  • Costumes should be short enough to prevent children from tripping and falling

  • Wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes


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Costume Design

  • Masks should fit!

    • Using face paint or make-up whenever possible is a great alternative

  • Swords, knives, and similar costumeaccessories shouldbe of soft and flexible material


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Houses to Trick-or-Treat

  • An ADULT should always accompany children

  • Don’t talk to strangers

  • Children should go only to homes where the residents are known

  • Only visit houses with outside lights ON

  • Never, ever go inside to collect candy


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Welcoming Trick-or-Treaters

  • Move Halloween decorations from the walkway

  • Make sure to have lights ON

  • Place battery operated lights in Jack-O-Lanterns to avoid fire hazard

  • Keep sugar free and peanut free candy on hand


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Pedestrian Safety

MOST IMPORTANT!

  • Always have an adult or guardian present

  • Walk on the side-walk – never in the street!

  • Go in the late afternoon or at night – avoid sunset


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Pedestrian Safety

  • Avoid walking between parked cars

  • While driving – WATCH FOR CHILDREN, ESPECIALLY WHEN BACKING – they really blend in while in costume!



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Resources

  • www.wikipedia.com

  • http://babyparenting.about.com/od/holidayactivities/a/halloweensafety.htm

  • www.FDLE.com

  • Images from Google Image Search and Microsoft ClipArt Gallery


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