Rome Fire Department offering safety tips for Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner and the Rome Fire Department is offering some tips for staying safe on Halloween.

Posted: Oct 27, 2019 11:35 PM
Updated: Oct 28, 2019 12:18 AM

ROME, N.Y.--- Halloween is right around the corner and the Rome Fire Department is offering some tips for staying safe on Halloween.

Deputy fire Chief Thomas Reilly spoke with NEWSChannel 2 and states some costumes could have some hazards if people are not careful.

"So when choosing costumes, try and find something that is fire resistant and not have something that is long to avoid that tripping hazards and to avoid it catching on fire," said Reilly.

Reilly said that decorations around your house could also pose as fire risks.

"Well the decorations that we use around Halloween, the hay bails and the cornstalks, they're all highly flammable items. Especially with candles that everybody loves around Halloween. We need to be careful about that open flame. We encourage the use of battery-operated candles instead of real candles to keep things safe," said Reilly.

Checking your children's candy is also strongly encouraged.

"99%percent of the people out there have all good intentions, but we need to have the parents check the kid's candy go through it. Make sure there is nothing dangerous in there. No open packages and things of that nature," said Reilly.

The Deputy Fire Chief also said that now is a great time to change out the batteries from your smoke detectors. 

The Fire Department will be making its rounds throughout the local neighborhood on Sunday to interact with the children.

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