Halloween is coming up – que the jack-o-lanterns, paper ghosts, hay bales and dried cornstalks. All these things are your classic Halloween decorations but they are also some of your classic fire risks!

Today we’re going to talk about four ways to prevent fire damage this halloween.

1.       Costumes.

When you’re picking a costume for yourself or your child, stay away from flowing and long trailing fabric. If possible, use a material that won’t easily catch fire if it comes in contact with heat or flame. Look for costumes, beards and wigs that are labelled “Flame-Resistant”. Keep in mind though… “Flame Resistant” does not mean “Fire Proof.”

2.       Candles.

It is safest to use flashlights or battery-operated candles in a jack-o-lantern. If you decide to use an actual candle, be sure to use extreme caution. Tea lights are a safer option and should be outdoors only. Be sure to keep the decorations out of the way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps and walkways to prevent tripping. Monitor children at all times when the candles are lit.  

3.       Decorations.

Ensure that all combustible Halloween decorations (such as crepe paper, dried flowers and cornstalks) are kept away from flames and sources of heat. Keep all your exits clear.

4.       Educate.

Talk to your children. Talk about the importance of walking carefully when around candles and fire. Ensure that they know what to do in the event of a fire – where to go, who to call and how to dial 9-1-1. Make sure they know to stop, drop and roll in the event that they catch on fire.