Some common-sense Hallowe'en fire safety tips:
- Avoid costumes with trailing fabric or flammable materials.
- If your child wears a mask, make sure the eye holes are big enough to see out of.
- Give kids flashlights or glow sticks if they're out after dark.
- Keep all decorations far away from sources of fire and heat, like light bulbs and heaters.
- Avoid highly-flammable decorations like dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper.
- Don't leave candle decorations unattended, and never leave kids unattended around lit candles.
- Teach kids to stay away from open flames.
- Keep decorations away from exits, so that nothing blocks escape routes.
- Make sure your kids know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothes catch fire.
- Use a utility lighter or a fireplace match to light candles inside jack-o-lanterns, or consider using battery-operated candles in your jack-o-lantern.
- Keep lit pumpkins far away from flammable materials and away from trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways, and yards.
- Use flashlights instead of candles or torch lights to decorate walkways and yards.
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