Fire Safety at Halloween
simulated fires play a big part in Halloween decorating, from candle-lit
jack-o-lanterns, to outdoor torches, and even campfires with “witches
brew” bubbling in a cauldron. Fire safety at Halloween may be more
important than at other holidays, because you are required to think
about safety outside of your own home.
The first step in fire
safety is still to make your own home safer. Instead of candles in your
pumpkin you can use electric or battery-operated lights designed for
Use only simulated flames in outside decorations, or in areas inside where adult supervision may be absent (such as a teenagers party). Make sure that all your decorations are flame retardant
For fire safety away from home follow some simple rules like:
If you buy a costume make sure it is labeled fire resistant or flame retardant.
If you make a costume, avoid flimsy material or a large amount of material that may “float” around.
Never use candles or flame-producing lanterns as part of a costume, or allow them to be carried around by children.
Escort your children as they trick-or-treat. This way you can watch out for fire dangers that they may miss in their rush to get treats.
By paying attention to the details of fire safety, the thrills of Halloween can be left to the spooks, ghouls, and goblins, and not to an unexpected fire.
For more information on holiday fire safety contact the Liberty Fire Department at 816-439-4310.