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Halloween Fire Safety Tips

Friday October 25, 2019

BEWARE OF HAUNTING HALLOWEEN FIRE HAZARDS!

We’ve got some tips to help keep your Halloween safe and fire-free.

Decorations Can Ignite

Image shows two carved jack o lanterns on a table with other smaller decorative pumpkins and text reads Decorations are the first thing to ignite in more than 1,000 reported home fires a year.

Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters.

Tell Children to Stay Away from Open Flames

Image shows one child dressed as a vampire and another with a skeleton mask on and they're holding and pointing to a small jack o lantern

Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. (Have them practice, stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with hands, and rolling over and over to put the flames out.)

Consider Alternatives to Candles

It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit.

Watch for Highly Flammable Materials

Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs, and heaters.

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