Halloween Fire Safety

Halloween is a fun time of year for kids. Make trick-or-treating safe for your little monsters with a few easy safety tips.

When Choosing a Costume
Stay away from long trailing fabric
If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so he or she can see out
Plastic capes and bin liners are often used as costumes - keep them away from candles or other naked flames

When Trick or Treating
Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume
Dried flowers and crepe paper catch fire easily

Lighting and Lanterns
Use battery operated lights within homemade lanterns and pumpkins
Candles are extremely hazardous - if the candle tips over it could set light to materials such as costumes, curtains, clothes and furniture and start a serious fire
Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of the way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards
Lanterns should never be made from plastic bottles or other containers, this would be very dangerous and could result in burns and also cause a fire

Safety at Home
Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters
Make sure all smoke alarms in the home are working
If you use candles, use extreme caution. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit

Tell children to stay away from open flames including jack-o-lanterns with candles in them. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. (Have them practice, stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with hands, and rolling over and over to put the flames out.)

If your children are going to Halloween parties at others’ homes, have them look for ways out of the home and plan how they would get out in an emergency

Do not play with Fireworks, they are illegal and can be very dangerous.

If clothing catches fire - Stop, Drop & Roll

  • Stop where you are. Do not run. Running can make things worse
  • Drop to the ground. Lay flat with your legs out straight
  • Cover your eyes and mouth with your hands
  • Roll over and over and back and forth until the flames are out
  • Get help straight away

Please share the video below with Children - it explains how to STOP, DROP and ROLL


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