People around the world celebrate October 31st in different ways.
We in the United States celebrate the day as “Halloween.” We dress up in costume, have parties, and go door to door collecting candy.
In Mexico the people celebrate the day as “Day of the Dead” (Dia de los Muertos).
Celebrations are fun, but they can also cause you to lose focus – both figuratively and literally. I ask you to think about these questions before and as you celebrate:
- Will you make sure that your mask or costume doesn’t reduce your vision?
- Will you NOT dart across the street with no regard in your pursuit of the next great candy?
- Will you make sure your costume fits right – so you don’t trip and fall?
- Will you stay away from lit flames with your flammable costume?
- Will you have reflective clothing with a flashlight?
- Will you NOT eat candy or other items that might be covered in bacteria?
If it helps, remember Mexico’s – “Day of the Dead”. It might be the category you end up in if you don’t – answer “YES” to all the questions above.
“Ten Cuidado – STAY SAFE!”
Steve Moody is the Emergency Management Director of Stafford County. He is the former Leavenworth Fire Chief and served as Deputy Fire Chief during his 28 years at the Salina Fire Department. Stafford County Emergency Management Blog