With Fire Prevention Week and October almost here, we thought it would be a good time to discuss Halloween fire safety. Here are a few Halloween-specific fire safety tips to make your holiday a little bit more enjoyable.
This one should be top of mind because it directly involves fire and is one of those things where we kind of close them up and leave them alone which… might be a mistake. Lit candles are a potential fire hazard, especially if they get tipped over near dry leaves and/or other flammable decorations. When you leave them inside, they can become even more of a potential fire hazard – with curtains, rugs, and all sorts of things right there that can catch on fire.
Instead of using candles, consider using LED lights. They actually make specific LED lights for Jack-o-Lanterns and they are not that expensive. This change will eliminate one potential fire risk.
With Halloween decorations, you’ll notice a lot of candles and or flammable materials tend to be used. Things like hay, paper bag luminaries, corn stalks, and other paper decorations are all part of the occasion. Just be aware of how you use these decorations and make sure they are far enough away from open flames.
In addition, be sure to have your electric decorations checked and that they’re properly powered. You’d be surprised at the toll that lawn decorations can take on a power system.
Most costumes are made from flammable, bulky materials that can be a real danger to our safety, so there are a few things to consider when deciding on a costume.
- Use flame-retardant materials for any costume you choose
- Avoid costumes with long trains or bulk
- Go over the concept of ‘stop, drop and roll’ with your children
- Make sure kids have flashlights and glow sticks to light their way at night. DO NOT let them use lit candles.
Stay safe and if you have a question on this or any other fire safety topic, please contact Protegis Fire & Safety.