State fire marshal offer tips, tricks for Halloween safety

October 29, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 29, 2011

Flammable costumes and decorations can turn Halloween from a celebration into a fright.

The state fire marshal reminds parents to plan ahead for the safety of little ghouls and goblins to make Halloween a fire-safe holiday.

The fire marshal recommends practicing some safety tips and tricks for a safe and happy Halloween:

  • Purchase only costumes, wigs and props labeled as flame-resistant or flame-retardant. When creating a costume, choose material that does not easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or flame.
  • Provide children with lightweight flashlights or glow sticks to carry for lighting, or as part of their costumes.
  • Decorations, such as dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep the decorations and others away from all open flames and heat sources.
  • Use flashlights or battery-operated candles as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating. Use extreme caution when decorating with candlelit jack-o’-lanterns, and supervise children at all times when candles are lit.
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, ensuring nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Instruct children to stay away from open flames or other heat sources. Be sure children know to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire.

“Taking simple fire safety precautions, like making sure fabrics for costumes and decorative materials are flame-resistant, can prevent fires,” state Fire Marshal Charles Duffy said in a statement.

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