Have a Safe Halloween!
The SVFC, along with the Loudoun County Combined Fire Rescue System and the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office reminds citizens to stay safe this Halloween by following a few simple tips:
-Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
-Always walk in groups or with a trusted adult. Avoid trick-or-treating alone.
-Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
-Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
-Hold flashlights while trick-or-treating to help you see and be seen. Always WALK, don't run from house to house.
-Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
-Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
-Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
-Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
-Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
-Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
-Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult.
-Never walk near lit candles or luminaries and be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
-Take care when decorating; keep all decorations away from open flame and heat. Don’t block exits or escape routes.
-Instead of using real candles in your jack-o-lantern, use a flashlight, LED light or battery-operated candle.
-Props, costumes, and wigs should only be made from flame-resistant or flame-retardant materials.
-Stay away from open flames and ensure kids know how to stop, drop and roll in the event their clothing catches fire.