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Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween can be a fun and exciting holiday, but it's also important to prioritize safety, especially when it comes to fire hazards. Here are some safety tips to help ensure a safe and enjoyable Halloween:

  • Choose Flameless Decorations: Opt for flameless LED candles and lights for your Halloween decorations, such as pumpkins and luminaries. This reduces the risk of accidental fires.
  • Keep Decorations Away from Flames: If you do use real candles in your decorations, keep them well away from flammable materials like costumes, curtains, and paper decorations. Ensure they are in sturdy, tip-resistant containers.
  • Use Flame-Resistant Costumes: When selecting Halloween costumes, look for those made from flame-resistant materials. Avoid costumes with long, flowing, or loose-fitting sleeves and outfits that can easily brush against open flames.
  • Check Costume Labels: Read the labels on costumes and accessories to make sure they are flame-resistant or flame-retardant. Follow any care instructions provided by the manufacturer.
  • Avoid Loose or Dragging Outfits: Costumes that drag on the ground or have long capes can pose a tripping hazard and may accidentally come in contact with candles or other open flames.
  • Use Battery-Operated Lights: Whenever possible, opt to use battery-operated lights or glow sticks rather than candles or open flames. 
  • Practice Fire Escape Plans: Make sure your children know what to do in case of a fire. Practice fire escape plans and reinforce the importance of staying low to avoid smoke inhalation.
  • Stay Visible: If your child's costume is dark, consider adding reflective tape or stickers to make them more visible to drivers while trick-or-treating.
  • Check Smoke Alarms: Ensure that your smoke alarms are in good working order. Replace units or batteries if needed and test them to make sure they are functioning properly. .
  • Supervise Open Flames: If you have to use candles or jack-o'-lanterns with open flames, never leave them unattended. Keep them out of reach of children and pets.
  • Clear Pathways: Make sure walkways are clear of tripping hazards like decorations and extension cords to prevent accidents.
  • STOP BY THE FIRE STATION TO show us your costume and get some CANDY!!

Happy Halloween!

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