Randy R. Bruegman, Fire Chief
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media contact: Sgt. Daron Wyatt (714) 497-5633
PRACTICE FIRE AND PERSONAL SAFETY WHILE CELEBRATING HALLOWEEN
Protect your family and property through the start of the holidays
ANAHEIM, Calif. (October 27, 2015) – Halloween is a great time for family fun; however fun can quickly become something truly scary without taking a few simple safety precautions. Many children dressed in costumes will take to the streets for trick-or-treating on Halloween night which means motorists and parents must be even more alert.
Anaheim Fire & Rescue encourages families to carry flashlights and to use pedestrian crossings with caution as well as sidewalks. “We want to remind drivers to be vigilant while on the road and watch for pedestrians especially on Halloween night,” said Anaheim Fire Chief Randy R. Bruegman. When placing decorations in or outside of your home we recommend using only battery-operated candles. Real candles should never be used as a illumination for any decoration, and remember to be sure to extinguish all house ornamental candles before leaving your home to trick-or-treat. With everyone’s help, we can make this Halloween a fire-safe one.”
Here are a few additional tips that can keep your family safe:
- Make sure costumes fit properly especially in the length to avoid falls.
- Make sure a child’s vision is not blocked by a mask or decoration.
- Costumes should be made of fire resistant, reflective materials.
- Practice with your child what to do should their clothing catch fire – Stop, Drop & Roll.
Anaheim Fire & Rescue wants to remind you that Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend. Test your smokes alarms monthly, and replace the batteries as needed. If a smoke alarm is more than 10 years old, it should be replaced. If you need assistance or are not sure about your current status of your smoke alarms, Anaheim Fire & Rescue’s Home Safety Visit Program can help.
During a visit, fire personnel will share information to increase awareness and knowledge about home safety and demonstrate how to test and maintain your smoke alarms. If needed, fire personnel will replace smoke alarms with new smoke alarms with 10 year batteries. Home assessment and escape planning tools will also be available. Residents can visit the department’s website www.anaheim.net/homesafety to request a visit.
For more information on holiday safety information, please visit www.anaheim.net/fire or call 714.765.4040.