Halloween Fire Safety

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When purchasing a costume, or masks, beards and wigs, avoid very loose or long trailing fabric. Costumes should also be short enough so that they won’t cause children to trip and fall. Look for a Flame Resistant label. This label does not mean that the costume won’t catch fire, but it does mean that the costume will resist burning and should extinguish quickly in the event that it does begin to burn.

With masks, make sure that the eye holes are large enough so that children can see out.

Avoid candles or any sort of open flame if at all possible. It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. If candles must be used, be sure to place pumpkins far away from anything that can burn, and far away from the route of trick-or-treaters.

Keep exits clear of decorations, so that nothing blocks escape routes.

Tell children to stay away from open flames. Be sure children know how to stop, drop, and roll if their clothing catches fire. Have them practice- stop immediately, drop to the ground, cover face with hands, and roll over and over until the flames are completely out.