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Prepare for a fun and safe Halloween

Prepare for a fun and safe Halloween 

Here are some easy tips for you and your family for the trick-or-treat festivities.

  • Check your local newspaper, municipality’s website, or social media feed to get updates on times for trick-or-treating (many locations offer indoor options).
  • Make sure you have several working flashlights and so that everyone can see and be seen, glow sticks and other self illuminated products are widely available.
  • Only visit houses with porch lights that are turned on!
  • Be vigilant while crossing streets, look both ways before you cross and try to cross only at corners.
  • Stay in groups and keep an eye out for each other while trick-or-treating.
  • Consider costumes that are bright and reflective.
  • Your costumes accessories should be made from soft pliable materials.
  • Do not eat any candy until you return home to your parents.
  • All parents should inspect and review all candy collected before allowing children to consume.  (feel free to collect a candy inspection tax).
  • Discard any candy that show signs of tampering and throw away any candy that is not sealed or in the original packaging.
  • After eating candy don’t forget to brush your teeth (consider a new fun Halloween themed toothbrush).

If you are driving this Halloween season, DRIVE SLOWLY! Children will be out and about – so keep a sharp eye for everyone on the street.

It’s supposed to be a wet Halloween this year, take necessary precautions to stay safe and dry.

Visit Terrifying Truths and Myths about Halloween for additional information.

Hope you have a fun yet safe Halloween this year!!

Halloween, Keep your Little Ghosts and Goblins Safe


We want to make help your prepare for a fun and safe Halloween.  Here are some easy tips for you and your family for the trick-or-treat festivities.  
  • Check your local newspaper, municipality’s website, or social media feed to get updates on times for trick-or-treating (many locations offer indoor options).
  • Make sure you have several working flashlights and so that everyone can see and be seen, glow sticks and other self illuminated products are widely available.
  • Only visit houses with porch lights that are turned on!
  • Be vigilant while crossing streets, look both ways before you cross and try to cross only at corners.
  • Stay in groups and keep an eye out for each other while trick-or-treating.
  • Consider costumes that are bright and reflective.
  • Your costumes accessories should be made from soft pliable materials.
  • Do not eat any candy until you return home to your parents.
  • All parents should inspect and review all candy collected before allowing children to consume.  (feel free to collect a candy inspection tax).
  • Discard any candy that show signs of tampering and throw away any candy that is not sealed or in the original packaging.
  • After eating candy don’t forget to brush your teeth (consider a new fun Halloween themed toothbrush).
 
If you are driving this Halloween season, DRIVE SLOWLY! Children will be out and about – so keep a sharp eye for everyone on the street.
It’s supposed to be a wet Halloween this year, take necessary precautions to stay safe and dry.
Visit Terrifying Truths and Myths about Halloween for additional information.
Hope you have a fun yet safe Halloween this year!!

Safety Reminders During Holiday Fun

As we all celebrate the holidays this week and next, we’d like to share some holiday preparedness tips from the American Red cross at www.redcross.org/homefires

Place holiday trees, candles, and other decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents and candles.

Purchase flame retardant metallic or artificial trees. If you purchase a real tree, make sure that it has fresh, green needles that aren’t easily broken. Keep live trees as moist as possible by giving them plenty of water.

Make sure that light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving home or going to bed.

Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to bed.

Use only sturdy tree stands designed not to tip over. Keep curious pets and children away from Christmas trees.

Keep anything that can catch on fire—pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from your stove top.

Designate one person to walk around your home to make sure that all candles and smoking materials are properly extinguished after guests leave.

Smoke alarms save lives. Install a smoke alarm near your kitchen, on each level of your home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms if you sleep with doors closed. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year.

Be Prepared, Safe & Responsible This 4th of July

Today, in Clark County, fireworks will go on sale at noon today to the general public in anticipation of our nation’s birthday!

In the City of Vancouver, legal dates & hours of discharge are:

  • July 1-3 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • July 4 from 9 a.m. to midnight.

In Clark County, outside the City of Vancouver, fireworks may be used starting on June 28th, with discharge hours from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

And, as your 9-1-1 emergency management agency, we wish for everyone to have a safe & happy holiday celebration which means paying attention to a few simple reminders about fireworks safety:

  • Read & follow all warnings on the fireworks
  • Only adults should light fireworks.
  • Keep a hose & bucket of water nearby.
  • Light fireworks in a safe area, on a paved surface
  • Light one firework at a time and move away quickly.
  • Keep fireworks at least 25 feet away from grass or areas with combustibles.
  • Never attempt to relight a firework even if it seems to be malfunctioning.  Allow them to stand for several minutes and then discard them in a pail of water.
  • Fireworks should never be held or thrown.
  • If clothes catch fire, remember to STOP, DROP to the ground, cover your face and ROLL over until the fire goes out. 
And, most importantly, don’t call 9-1-1 simply because you hear fireworks being discharged within our county.  Keep our phone lines open for those situations that truly require public safety assistance because someone is endangered or needs help. 
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