Ardmore fire department: safety is key for Halloween night

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - Whether you are trick or treating, chaperoning or handing out candy on Halloween, there are a few things everyone should keep in mind to stay safe.

Andi Jo Simmons of Ardmore said she loves decorating her house to see the smiles it brings to kids' faces.

"My mom and dad, this was their favorite holiday so I was just kind of raised loving Halloween," Simmons said. "I mean, it's like an entire season for me, instead of a holiday."

Simmons said she usually begins the decorating process around late September, adding more and more every day of October.

"We're decorating up until Halloween day," Simmons said. "There's kids knocking on the door and we're still setting up stuff."

Throughout the extensive setup process, Simmons' biggest priority is keeping all 400 of her expected trick or treaters safe.

"All our lights, including our pumpkins, are the flame-less candles that are just battery operated," Simmons said. "Our extension cords are waterproof. We have fire alarms in the house, smoke detectors. The back door is always open as an escape route."

Ardmore fire department said Simmons is on the right track by being mindful of the risk that comes with displays of this magnitude, especially as the holiday season starts to amp up.

However, fire marshal Tim Lee said danger on Halloween night does not stop there.

Costumes with long trains or draping cloth can put kids at risk near open flames.

If drivers plan to park somewhere and walk around, they need to be sure to leave room for emergency trucks in case something does happen Halloween night.

"We have a lot of kids running around," Lee said. "It's sometimes hard for us to navigate up and down the streets. We appreciate all the help we can get, keeping the roads clear for us."