Eight Halloween Fire Safety Tips

Eight Halloween Fire Safety Tips

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.

  1. 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.
  2.  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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5.  When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long, fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter.
  6. Keep dried flowers, corn stalks, and crepe paper decorations far away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
  7. 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.
  8. 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!

 Sources:  

National Fire Protection Association

Safe Kids Worldwide

Children’s Safety Network