October 28, 2018
Fighters Give Lifesaving Tips for Halloween
CA -- Halloween is a highly anticipated night for
children, but also one of the most dangerous. According to Safe Kids Worldwide,
on average, twice as many child pedestrians are killed while walking on
Halloween compared to any other day of the year, and more than 70 percent of
accidents occur away from an intersection or crosswalk.
“These are scary statistics, but by taking a few
simple precautions, you can ensure ghosts and goblins of all ages have a safe
and fun-filled Halloween,” says El Dorado County Professional Firefighters
Local 3556 Secretary Jacob Poganski.
IAFF Local 3556 offers these safety tips to help
keep trick-or-treaters safe on Halloween:
Stay visible – bring flashlights, glow
sticks and reflective goodie bags, and add reflective tape to costumes.
Stay on the sidewalk and off the road
when going house to house. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic and
as far to the side as possible.
Cross at street corners using traffic
signals or use well-lit, marked crosswalks and never cross the road between
Don’t assume the right-of-way. Motorists
may have trouble seeing trick-or-treaters.
Children under 12 should trick-or-treat
with and cross streets with an adult.
“Halloween is one of the busiest days of the year
for fire fighters,” says Poganski. “Following these basic safety precautions can
help prevent injuries and save lives.”
Please call 9-1-1 for the help of your local fire
fighters in the case of a fire or emergency. For more
information on Halloween safety visit https://makesafehappen.com/safety-tips/halloween-safety.
IAFF Local 3556 wishes you a happy and safe