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The Springfield Fire Department will once again open its doors to little ghouls and goblins this Halloween. Firefighters encourage families to stop by any of the 12 fire stations while trick or treating from 6-8 pm. To find the station closest to you, view a list of all station addresses here
While trick or treating, the Springfield Fire Department reminds families to stay safe and encourages all trick-or-treaters to follow these simple safety tips.Buy costumes and wigs labeled "flame resistant." Stay away from billowing or long trailing fabric. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see out.Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candles in a jack-o-lantern. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards.Keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.Tell children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop, cover their face and roll if their clothing catches fire.
During the five-year-period of 2006-2010, NFPA estimates that decorations were the item first ignited in an estimated average of 1,000 reported home structure fires per year. These fires caused an estimated average of six civilian deaths, 53 civilian injuries and $16 million in direct property damage per year. Following these simple tips can help keep your family safe.
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For media only: For more information, call the Springfield Fire Department media line at 874-2301.