Fire Chief issues Halloween safety reminder
With one week until Halloween, the City of Enterprise is gearing up and encouraging residents to be vigilant for the holiday.
City-wide Trick-or-Treat is Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Enterprise City Council approved the date and time at the Aug. 16, 2022 council meeting.
“Halloween can be a time for spooky celebrations and fun, but it can also be a time for some scary fire safety hazards,” Enterprise Fire Chief Christopher Davis said.
Chief Davis provided the following safety tips:
- Choose an appropriately sized costume for your child. Costumes that are too large can be a tripping hazard. If your child is wearing a mask, ensure they can see out of the eye holes.
- Use flashlights or glow sticks when trick-or-treating
- Tell children to stay away from open flames, especially jack-o-lanterns. Be sure children know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire.
When it comes to carving pumpkins, Chief Davis said he prefers residents only use battery-operated candles or glowsticks.
“If you’re going to use a lighted candle, you need to have eyes on it at all times. Keep it far away from anything that can burn, and out of the way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps and walkways.”
October is Fire Prevention Month and Davis reminded residents of the importance of working smoke alarms.
“Decorations can be one of the first things to ignite in home fires, especially when fires are started by candles. Make sure all of your smoke alarms are working and remember to keep all exits clear of decorations so that nothing blocks your escape routes.”