Halloween is a fun time of year for children of all ages, but it also can be quite a hazardous holiday for children. According the National Fire Protection Association, between 2006 and 2010, there were over 1,000 reported home fires due to Halloween decorations causing over $16 million in property damage. Two out of five of these fires were started by candles. AKE Safety Equipment wants to make sure that children have a safe and fun Halloween. The following tips will help keep children safe while trick or treating.
- A child’s costume should not have long flowing or trailing fabric. Children could trip on the costume as they are trick-or-treating or the extra material could easily catch on fire. If children are wearing masks, the eye holes need to be large enough to see out.
- Children’s Halloween costumes should be Flame Resistant. Homemade costumes should be constructed in fabrics made of polyester and nylon. These materials will resist burning if exposed to fire.
- Children should carry a flashlight or glow-stick to carry as they trick-or-treat. Children should never carry candles when they are trick-or-treating.
- Use battery powered candles in jack-o-lanterns and other Halloween displays. Children should keep a safe distance from the open flames of candles and jack-o-lanterns.
- When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long, fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter.
- Keep dried flowers, corn stalks, and crepe paper decorations far away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
- If children are attending Halloween parties, they need to know how to access the room for an escape and fire dangers. They should be knowledgeable from creating family escape plans.
- Keep exits in the home clear of decorations. There should not be anything blocking potential escape routes if a fire did occur.
AKE Safety Equipment wishes everyone a safe and happy Halloween!