Spooky, safe tips for Halloween
Ghosts, ghouls, and monsters aren't the only things to be on the look out for this Halloween, advises CalFire authorities, reminding the community that accidents and mishaps increase dramatically when children are trick-or-treating.
This Halloween night the annual Spookfest will be at the Veterans Hall, 1620 Solano St., in Corning.
The event, which runs from 6 p.m.-8 p.m., will feature costume judging, games, prizes, treats and candy as trick-or-treaters go out the door.
Sponsored by local veterans groups, Corning High School students volunteers will serve as party hosts.
CalFire the Tehama County Fire Department encourages everyone to enjoy a fire-safe Halloween by following these tips:
• Purchase costumes made of flame resistant or retardant material. Fire resistant does not mean fireproof.
• Apply glow in the dark reflective tape to Halloween costumes.
• To be seen easily, costumes should be made of a light color material.
• Masks can obstruct vision — consider using make-up instead.
• Keep hemlines short enough to prevent tripping. Avoid loose, baggy sleeves, or billowing skirts.
• Light jack-o-lanterns with a battery powered light — never use candles.
• Instruct children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop, and roll if their clothing catches fire.
• Be extremely careful with cornstalks and other harvest season items. Keep them away from sources of heat. Don't let them block doorways or stairs.
• An adult should accompany children when trick-or-treating.
Pick well-lit streets. If driving, be sure to watch for trick-or-treaters who are too busy to watch for you.
• Do not allow children to carry sharp sticks or other objects that could cause injury to others.
• Keep your yard free of tripping hazards, such as tools, hoses, etc.
• Children should be instructed to eat their treats only after parents have inspected them. Discard any unwrapped treats. If in doubt, throw it out. For more Halloween safety ideas or other fire safety tips, please visit www.fire.ca.gov.