Halloween

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Children dressed in costumes. Treat-or-treaters going door to door. Glowing jack-o-lanterns. Spooky festivities are a joy! Remember these tips to ensure a fun-filled Halloween.

Decorations

  • Use a battery-operated candle in jack-o-lanterns. If you use a real candle, use caution. Tell children to stay away from open flames.
  • Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters.
  • Keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Make sure all smoke alarms in the home are working.

Costume Safety

  • When shopping for costumes & accessories, purchase flame resistant items. 
  • Choose costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement, or contact with flame.
  • Consider adding reflective tape to trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
  • Make sure eye holes are large enough to see out of. Hats should fit properly to prevent sliding over eyes.
  • Remove any makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation.

Out & About

  • Bring flashlights or glow sticks to light your path!
  • Have an adult accompany young children while they trick-or-treat.
  • Teach your children never to enter a strangers home.
  • Instruct your children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and stick with their friends.
  • Wait until children are home to sort, check, and eat treats.

Motorists

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. Lack of visibility is a top factor in these incidents.

  • Watch for children walking on roadways.
  • Enter and exit streets, driveways, and alleys carefully.
  • Watch for children in dark clothing.

​Holiday Fire Safety

Nearly half of holiday decoration fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source.

It’s fun to decorate for the winter holidays, but holiday decorations can increase your risk for a home fire. As you deck the halls this season, be fire smart.

  • Inspect holiday lights each year before you put them up. Throw away light strands with frayed or pinched wires.
  • Consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look, smell and feel like real candles.
  • If you do use lit candles, make sure they are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be knocked down easily.
  • Water your Christmas tree every day. A dry tree is dangerous because it can catch on fire easily.

Did You Know?

  • Thanksgiving is the peak day for home  cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day, the day before Thanksgiving, and Christmas Eve.
  • More than 1/3 of home decoration fires are started by candles.
  • December is the peak month for home candle fires.
  • More than 1 in every 5 Christmas tree fires were caused by a heat source too close to the tree.
  • Ten percent of firework fires occur during the period of December 30 through January 3, with the peak on New Year's Day.

(​​Source: NFPA)