Phoenix Fire Department offers safety tips ahead of Halloween weekend

Oct 29, 2021, 4:35 AM
(Pexels photo)...
(Pexels photo)
(Pexels photo)

PHOENIX — Costumes and trick-or-treating make Halloween special for everyone, but there can also be risks that have the potential to become truly scary.

The Phoenix Fire Department hopes to prevent any tragedies this Halloween by sharing tips with the community to help families celebrate the holiday safely on Sunday.

The department encourages adults to accompany any little ones going trick-or-treating, and Phoenix Fire Captain Scott Douglas wants those chaperoning to also be paying close attention.

“That means crossing at crosswalks, they’re taking their phones and putting their phones down and picking their heads up – to make sure that they’re not distracted,” Douglas told KTAR News 92.3 FM.

Drivers are also asked to be aware of their surroundings.

Most trick-or-treaters will start around 5:30 p.m, or 6 p.m. Douglas encourages drivers to turn their headlights on, slow down and be on high alert with little ones running from house to house collecting candy.

The department also asks pedestrians to be on high alert, look both ways before crossing and stick to sidewalks when they can.

“Another thing that’s very helpful is if the kids put glowsticks on or parents can even tie reflective tape on the kids,” Douglas added.

It is also recommended that the child’s costume fits properly to avoid tripping.

Lastly, ensure all the candy collected is fully wrapped and make sure kids don’t ingest anything that could have bad side effects.

Douglas said peanut allergy 911 calls are frequent on and after the Halloween holiday.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Pexels Photo)...

15-year-old boy fatally shoots 14-year-old while playing with gun in Phoenix

A 15-year-old boy fatally shot a 14-year-old boy last week while playing with a gun in Phoenix, authorities said Monday.
1 day ago
(File Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)...
Associated Press

Measure completely banning ballot drop boxes fails in Arizona Senate

An impassioned effort by some Arizona Senate Republicans to ban the use of ballot drop boxes failed Monday.
1 day ago
FILE - The U.S. Supreme Court, May 16, 2022, in Washington.  (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib, File)...
Associated Press

Supreme Court rules against 2 Arizona death row inmates in right-to-counsel case

The Supreme Court ruled along ideological lines Monday against two Arizona death row inmates who had argued that their lawyers did a poor job representing them in state court.
1 day ago
(Facebook File Photo/Phoenix Police Department)...

33-year-old Phoenix man dead following dispute with neighbor over noise complaint

A 33-year-old man is dead following a dispute with his neighbor over a noise complaint at an apartment in Phoenix, authorities said Monday.
1 day ago
Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers delivers remarks while accepting a John F. Kennedy Profile in Co...
Kevin Stone

Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers receives JFK Profile in Courage Award

Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers picked up his JFK Profile in Courage Award on Sunday night, calling the honor “deeply humbling.”
1 day ago
Follow @Ali_Vetnar...
Sponsored Content by Arizona Department of Health Services

Update your child’s vaccines before kindergarten

So, your little one starts kindergarten soon. How exciting! You still have a few months before the school year starts, so now’s the time to make sure students-to-be have the vaccines needed to stay safe as they head into a new chapter of life.

Sponsored Articles

Canvas Annuity

The secret to guaranteed retirement income

Annuities aren’t really a secret, but they are so misunderstood that they might as well be. Once you understand what an annuity is and how it can benefit you, you could decide this “secret” is the perfect supplement to your retirement plan.
(Twitter photo / Coco5)...

Suns star Devin Booker’s all-natural sports drink Coco5 perfect for any activity

Devin Booker is leading the Suns in pursuit of their first NBA championship while also working to provide people proper hydration with Coco5.
By Dr. Richard Carmona

Now’s a great time to receive your COVID-19 vaccine

If you haven’t received a COVID-19 vaccine yet, now’s the time to join many other of your fellow Arizonans who are doing so right now. No one will criticize you; there is no shame. In fact, you’ll be welcomed with smiles and open arms!
Phoenix Fire Department offers safety tips ahead of Halloween weekend