Keep Halloween Hazards from Becoming a Real Scare

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., October 17, 9:30 a.m. – To help keep little ghosts and goblins from being haunted by unnecessary danger this Halloween, Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) is again offering free reflective trick-or-treat bags. The bags offer improved visibility as trick-or-treaters travel from house to house through the darkness.

The bags include tips for safe treat collection, such as staying with an adult in a large group at all times, remaining in well-lit areas and having treats checked before consumption.

The free bags may be picked up between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the utility’s customer service center, located at 1701 W. Carroll Street in Kissimmee.

To make Halloween safe for trick-or-treaters:

* Please leave your porch light on.
* Be certain your little ones are dressed for visibility and that their vision is not blocked by costuming.
* Have your trick-or-treater carry a flashlight with fresh batteries.
* Remind young ones to watch for cars and strangers.

And with Halloween being the most decorated holiday following Christmas, there are a wide variety of electrical decorations to choose from. These decorations can be a “treat” to look at so it is important to use them properly to reduce risk of fire or injury.

* Choose lights and animated figures with certified safety approval.
* If you use an extension cord, check whether you have an indoor or outdoor cord and be sure it is appropriately sized for the job.
* Follow directions to install and maintain electrical decorations.
* Check decorations for cracked sockets, frayed or loose wires and replace if necessary.
* Turn off all electrical light strings and decorations before going to bed.

Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.

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Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-7777 x 1116
cgent@kua.com