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Posted on: October 2, 2019

Monthly Fire Safety Tips: Halloween

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Halloween is a fun, and spooky, time of year for kids.  Make trick-or-treating safe for your little monsters with a few easy safety tips:  


-When choosing a costume, stay away from long trailing fabric.  If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so he or she can see out.

-Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume.

-Dried flowers, cornstalks, and crepe paper catch fire easily.  Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters.

-Use a battery-operated candle or glow stick in jack-o-lanterns.  If you use a real candle, use extreme caution.  Decorations are the first thing to ignite in 900 reported home fires each year.  Two of every five of these fires were started by a candle.  

-Remember to keep exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes.

-Make sure all smoke alarms in the home are working.

-Tell children to stay away from open flames including jack-o-lanterns with candles in them.  Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire.

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