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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

Halloween Safety Tips

Brought to you by: The DEP Training Section

halloween history
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).
modern halloween
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!

halloween safety topics
Halloween Safety Topics
  • Treats
  • Costume Materials
  • Costume Design
  • Houses to Trick-or-Treat
  • Pedestrian Safety
treats
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
costume materials
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
costume design
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
houses to trick or treat
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
welcoming trick or treaters
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
pedestrian safety
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!
resources
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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