Halloween

Halloween is a fun time of year, but make it safe for your kids

Halloween can be a fun time of year for kids and adults of all ages. Make trick-or-treating fire-safe with a few easy safety tips.

  • If your children are going to Halloween parties at others’ homes, have them look for ways out of the home and plan how they would get out in an emergency.
  • 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. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit. When lighting candles inside jack-o- lanterns, use long, fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter. Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of the way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and backyards.
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Make sure all smoke alarms in the home are working.
  • Make sure children know 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. (Have them practice, stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with hands, and rolling over and over to put the flames out.)

We love celebrating holidays and special occasions, but always make sure that you are fire safety aware during these celebrations and holiday seasons.

Candle Safety

Remember that a candle is an open flame and it can easily ignite any combustible nearby. While candles provide a warm glow, they are not to be taken for granted. Follow these safety tips while using candles in the home:

  • Extinguish all candles when leaving the room or going to sleep.
  • Keep candles away from items that can catch fire (e.g. clothing, books, paper, curtains, Christmas trees, flammable decorations).
  • Do not use candle holders in windows, where blinds and curtains can close over them.
  • Place candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface and do not use the candles in places where they could be knocked over by children or pets.
  • Keep candles and all open flames away from flammable liquids.
  • Avoid candles with combustible items embedded in them.
  • Develop and practice a fire escape plan with the whole family. Plan two exit routes for each room, and practice your escape plan at night to mimic the most difficult fire situation you might encounter. Never re-enter a burning home. Be sure that someone is responsible for waking young children and escorting them to safety.

Candles & Children

  • Keep candles up high out of reach of children.
  • Never leave a child unattended in a room with a candle. A child should not sleep in a room with a lit candle.
  • Don’t allow children or teens to have candles in their bedrooms.
  • Store candles, matches and lighters up high and out children’s sight and reach, preferably in a locked cabinet.

During power outages

  • Try to avoid carrying a lit candle. Don’t use a lit candle when searching for items in a confined space.
  • Never use a candle for a light when checking pilot lights or fuelling equipment such as a kerosene heater or lantern. The flame may ignite the fumes.
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