Halloween is the time of year when kids get to dress up in their favorite costume and go Trick or Treating. It's also the time of year when older kids and adults get to be scared at haunted houses. The Phoenix Fire Department Firefighters and Inspectors, along with the National Fire Protection Association, want to make this Halloween season fun and safe. Below are some safety tips to use throughout the Halloween season.
1. Use a flashlight so you can be seen and be seen by others.
2. Stay in a group and communicate where you will be going.
3. Only go to homes with a porch light on.
4. Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the farthest edge of the roadway facing traffic.
5. Never cut across yards or use alleys.
6. Never enter a stranger's home or car for a treat.
7. Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations.
8. Always walk. Never run across a street.
9. Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks.
10. Remove any mask or item that will limit eyesight before crossing a street, driveway or alley.
11. Don't assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean others will!
12. No treats are to be eaten until they are thoroughly checked by an adult at home.
13. Older children who trick-or-treat without parents should follow a planned route within their neighborhood. Make sure they travel with a friend, never alone, and that they understand they never should enter homes or automobiles.
Haunted House Safety
If you are planning to attend a haunted house, follow these safety tips:
- Pay attention to the location of exits in the haunted house and stay on the approved path of travel and be cautious on or near stairs.
- Do not smoke, use lighters or matches.
- Avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing that could snag on props.
- Be aware that strobe lights or theatrical smoke may be in use.
- Only go to permitted and approved haunted houses. The only permitted and approved Haunted Houses / Attractions in the City of Phoenix are:
- 13th Floor Haunted House at 2814 W Bell Road
- Jack and Jill's Haunted Hill at 3401 W Greenway Road
- Fear Farm Corn Maze at 2209 N 99th Avenue
For more information, please click here for more information on Halloween Safety and Haunted Houses or you can call Fire Prevention at 602-262-6771.
The use of permissible fireworks in the State of Arizona and the City of Phoenix starts December 24 through January 3 and June 24 through July 6 . Permissible fireworks include: cylindrical and cone fountains, illuminating torches, wheels, ground spinners, flitter sparklers, ground sparkling devices. Click Here for a chart that will help you to determine if a product is legal or illegal to use in the City of Phoenix. The law does not apply to novelty items such as snappers, snap caps, glow worms, snakes, party poppers, tot smoke devices or sparklers. A good rule of thumb is:
If it launches into the air or explodes, it's illegal.
The sale of permissible fireworks in the State of Arizona and the City of Phoenix starts on December 10 through January 3 and May 20 through July 6.
Permissible fireworks for sale under state law may not be sold to person(s) under the age of 16. The penalty for selling, buying or using fireworks outside the permissible dates is a fine of $1,000. Use of fireworks on preservation land owned by the City of Phoenix is prohibited and is a Class 1 Misdemeanor with a $1,000 fine
The sale of permissible consumer fireworks in temporary tents over 800 square feet or canopies over 1200 square feet requires a Fire Prevention permit. Per State law, signage is required at places of sale and display that advises purchases of permissible consumer fireworks is prohibited to persons under the age of 16. Additional permits and zoning approval may be required by the Planning & Development Department Zoning Division.
Fire Department personnel will accept permissible and illegal fireworks that are voluntarily turned over at fire station locations. To report the use of illegal fireworks, contact the Phoenix Police Department @ 602-262-6151.
If you have questions, please click here for more information on fireworks or you can contact our Fire Prevention Offices at 602-262-6771, Monday - Friday 8am- 5pm. For afterhours questions, please call the Phoenix Fire Department Non-Emergency Line at 602-495-5555.
Swimming Pool Barriers
A proper swimming pool barrier is a key component in pool safety. In Arizona, drowning is the leading cause of death in and around the home for children under 5 years old. Many of these deaths result when young children gain unsupervised access to swimming pools due to inadequate pool fencing. The City of Phoenix requires pools to have an approved fence around them to prevent a child from drowning. Please click on the link below for more information on City of Phoenix Fire and Building Codes related to pool barriers:
Pool Barrier Requirement
Did you know that you can contact the Fire Department to report a pool that is accessible due to a fence being down or a gate not functioning properly? You can contact the Phoenix Fire Department Fire Prevention Division at 602-262-6771 to report an accessible pool during normal business hours or you can call 602-495-5555 to report an accessible pool outside normal business hours. A Fire Inspector will respond to secure the pool.
Carbon Dioxide Beverage Systems
After a carbon dioxide incident almost turned tragic in Phoenix, and on a national level has taken lives, the Phoenix Fire Department has initiated a comprehensive program to ensure compressed and liquefied based Carbonated Beverage Systems are designed, installed, and operated in accordance with all applicable codes and safety standards. As the uses and systems of Carbon Dioxide change, so does the Phoenix Fire Code to ensure safety. Recently, a new Phoenix Fire Code Regulation went into effect regarding the venting of the beverage pumps. All beverage pumps need to terminate their vents outside in accordance with this regulation. Please click on the link below to read the new regulation as well as the link to our Carbon Dioxide Beverage Systems Information and Resource page.
Regulation 5307.4.1 Compressed Gas Venting
Carbon Dioxide Beverage Systems
Mobile Food Vehicles (Food Trucks)
If you operate a Mobile Food Vehicle in the City of Phoenix, are you aware that Fire Department will inspect your Mobile Food Vehicle at all permitted outdoor events? The Fire Department works in conjunction with Maricopa County Environmental Services to ensure these vehicles are safe. The Phoenix Fire Code has requirements regarding hood systems, fire extinguishers and propane while Maricopa County Environmental Services issues a permit to each Mobile Food Vehicle operating within Maricopa County. Please click here for more information on the Fire Code requirements for Mobile Food Vehicles and please visit www.maricopa.gov/EnvSvc for details on their permitting process.
Medical Gas Systems
Medical Gas Systems are commonly installed in Doctor and Dentist offices but many installers don't realize these systems require permits from the Fire Department to install them. Plans to install Medical Gas Systems need to be submitted to Fire Prevention at 150 S 12th Street. Please call Fire Inspector Brian Scholl at 602-319-2297 with any questions regarding Medical Gas Systems. Here is the fire code summary for more information: Medical Gas Systems
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Home Escape Plans
Anytime is a great time to create and practice your home escape plan. This plan should include a map of your home showing all the doors and windows. You need to know at least two ways out of your house in case your normal escape route is blocked. You need to have an outside meeting place that's a safe distance from the house where everyone will meet so you can make sure everyone got out of the house safely. Finally...practice, practice, practice. You need to practice your evacuation at least twice a year. Please call Fire Prevention at 602-262-6771 for assistance in creating a Home Escape Plan. Here are some more tips on Home Escape Plans: Home Escape Plans
In the Sonoran Desert, winter temperatures can become extremely cold. Space heaters and other heating appliances are a leading cause of fires in the home. Be safe this winter and follow these safety tips from the NFPA: Winter Heating Safety
Carbon Monoxide Safety
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless and an odorless gas that can make a person feel sick and can be deadly. In the home, heating and cooking devices that burn fuel can be sources of carbon monoxide. The Phoenix Fire Code requires CO Detectors in homes with fuel burning appliances or with attached garages. Click on the link below to learn about CO safety and feel free to call Fire Prevention at 602-262-6771 with any questions about CO Detectors. Carbon monoxide Safety Tips
Aerial Luminaries, also known as Sky Lanterns or Chinese Lanterns, are not only dangerous but are illegal to use in the City of Phoenix. Once these lanterns are airborne, there is no way to control their direction or where they land. They can easily ignite a fire if they land on buildings or brush. There have even been instances where these luminaries landed on children and caused severe burns. Please click on the link below to learn more about the dangers of these lanterns: Aerial Luminar ies
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