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October 26, 2020 - 11:50am
posted by Press Release in halloween safety tips, news, trick-or-treat, covid-19.

From the City of Batavia Fire and Police departments:

It’s Fall and the Halloween celebration will soon be upon us. As in the past, there will be children dressed in costumes excitedly running door to door to trick-or-treat, festive decorations like glowing jack-o-lanterns, paper ghosts and dried cornstalks adorning front porches – these are some of the classic hallmarks of Halloween that make the holiday special for kids and adults alike.

Unfortunately, these Halloween symbols and activities can also present risks that have the potential to become truly scary. But by planning ahead, you can help make this Halloween a safe one.

Taking simple fire and personal safety precautions can help ensure your holiday remains festive and fun.

Fire Chief Stefano Napolitano of the City Fire Department, Chief Shawn Heubusch of the City Police Department in conjunction with the United States Fire Administration, National Safety Council along with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) would like to offer the following safety tips.

Please follow and adhere to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended COVID-19 guidelines for Halloween celebrations, which include:

  • Having a virtual Halloween costume contest;
  • Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going house to house;
  • Do not wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe. Instead, consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask.
  • A costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask. A costume mask should not be used unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around the face.

General Safety Tips

  • Stay in groups while trick-or-treating while adhering to social distancing guidelines.
  • Never enter a stranger's home.
  • Costumes should be well fitting, flame resistant, highly visible and free of long trailing fabric.
  • Always test makeup for potential skin allergy before applying.
  • Remember to look both ways when crossing streets.
  • Always stay on sidewalks.
  • Provide children with flashlights and glow sticks for visibility.
  • Avoid dark houses.
  • Examine all treats before eating.
  • Enjoy with caution.
  • Motorists are reminded to take the following precautions.
  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbso enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
  • Chief Napolitano highly recommends keeping Halloween decorations away from any open flames, light bulbs and heaters. It is very easy for decorations such as dried flowers, cornstalks, crepe paper to catch on fire.
  • Additionally, Napolitano recommends keeping exits clear of any decorations so as to not block your exits in the event of a fire and testing your smoke detectors to ensure that they are working or request fire department staff to inspect and test for you.
October 25, 2019 - 12:54pm
posted by Billie Owens in Halloween, halloween safety tips, news, batavia.

From the City of Batavia Police Department:

The City of Batavia will observe Halloween activities from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31st only. 

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Click here for safety tips for the big night.

October 29, 2018 - 12:47pm
posted by Billie Owens in Halloween, halloween safety tips, news, trick or treat.

Press release from the City of Batavia Police Department:

The City of Batavia will observe Halloween activities from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31st, only. Below are some safety tips for the big night.
Have a safe and happy Halloween!

  • If you plan on going door to door, make sure you are properly supervised by a parent or responsible adult;
  • Do not go to homes where the porch lights are off;
  • Use a flashlight to let drivers see you, and see where you are going;
  • To avoid tripping or injury don't wear costumes that are loose fitting and too long;
  • Don't wear masks that obscure your vision; makeup is a good alternative to masks;
  • Wear reflective, bright colors to be seen by drivers after dark;
  • Walk on the sidewalks, or as near to the curb as possible if there are no sidewalks;
  • Observe safety rules when crossing or walking on the streets, and stay clear of traffic;
  • Parents should inspect any treats before you eat them!
  • The Batavia Police Department highly recommends as an alternative to going door to door, attending one of the Halloween events sponsored by local businesses;
  • Choose costumes that are marked flame retardant;
  • Make props such as magic wands and swords out of cardboard, rather than metal or wood;
  • Give and accept wrapped or packed candy only;
  • Go out in daylight and carry a flashlight in case of delay;
  • Have children stay within their neighborhood; only visit homes you know;
  • All trick or treating shall be completed by 9 p.m.
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