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Upper Pine River Fire Protection District

The Upper Pine River Fire Protection District provides all-risk fire, rescue and emergency medical services to 265 square miles of eastern La Plata County, southwest Colorado, not far from the Four Corners of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah. The District serves a permanent population of approximately 15,000 residents. Because this is a popular vacation area our summer population can climb to 30,000. More About Us...

HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS

Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. If the kiddos are trick-or-treating on the streets, here are a few suggestions:

• Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.

• Since masks can sometimes obstruct a child's vision, try nontoxic face paint and makeup whenever possible.

• Have kids use glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.

• Children younger than 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, remind them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

• Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

• When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

Glow sticks were due in part from a generous donation from the Tuning Fork Café and the Bottom Shelf Brewery and the Upper Pine Fire Protection District.