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Beaufort Fire gives safety tips for Halloween

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BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) -

 Halloween is a time to enjoy with jack-o-lanterns and plenty of decorations; Beaufort Fire would like to remind folks to be safe and to be aware of potential fire hazards.

With people using electric ghosts to decorate yards and candles to light up jack-o-lanterns, these decorations could pose a increased risk of a fire. Each year, Halloween decorations help start more than 1,000 residential fires across the country.

With cooler weather moving in throughout the remainder of the year, people start to use space heaters and appliances to keep them warm without doing a safety check. 

Beaufort and Port Royal Fire Department released these safety tips in a recent news release:

  • Before using a space heater of any type, be sure it is in good condition and remains 3 feet away from anything that might catch fire.
  • Don't leave candles left burning when no one is around
  • Don't use long and frayed extension cords for yard decorations
  • Keep all combustibles three feet from any heat source
  • Don't overload electrical circuits with lights or decorations

Tips for kids:

  • Never enter into a stranger's house
  • Always stay with an adult
  • Keep a flashlight, especially if walking along roadways or sidewalks
  • Be extra careful when crossing streets
  • Don't run, always walk

Tips for parents:

  • Stay with your children at all times
  • Check the internet to be aware of offenders who may live in the area (www.bcso.net, click on "Offender Watch" on the top left of the page)
  • Add reflective tape to dark-colored costumes for drivers to better see the individuals
  • Make sure your children know how to "stop, drop and roll" in case their costume catches fire
  • Check the candy before the kids eat it

Tips for your home:

  • Ensure your walkways and front yards are clear for visitors, and assume that children will run through yards and garden areas to rush to the next doorstep
  • Don't put lit pumpkins near walkways or steps, and be sure all candles are out when the night is over
  • Use battery powered candles for greater safety

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