Don’t be tricked by Halloween fire hazards

October 19th, 2012 by admin

Halloween can be a fun-filled time for children and adults alike.  This Halloween be sure to pay attention to certain fire safety guidelines to keep trick-or-treaters safe and sound.

How can I keep my child’s costume safe?

Whether buying one or makign your own, be sure fabrics for costumes and decorative materials are flmae resistant.  Don’t permit your child to go trick-or-treating with candles; instead, outfit each with his or her own flashlights.  To be more festive, there are Halloween-themes flashlights created just for this purpose.  Costumes should be made without billowing or long-trailing features that present a higher risk of igniting.

What hazards are in the home?

According to the National Fire Prevention Association, fires caused by candles have been soaring in recent years, as many famalies use candles to decorate during this time of year.  When decorating, keep in mind that dired flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highlyflamable.  Keep these items away from heat sources.  Illuminate your jack-o-lanterns with small flashlights instead of candles.  Keep exits clear in case evacuation becomes necessary.

Are there other safety issues I should consider?

Although Halloween can be a lot of fun for children, certain safety precautions should be taken to ensure the festivities are safe as well as fun.  Keep in mind these safety tips when sending your children out trick or treating:

  • Only visit the homes of people you know.
  • Children should trick-or-treat in groups or with adult supervision.
  • Wear reflective clothing so that motorists easily can see chilren crossing the street.
  • Inspect all the goodies before allowing your children to indulge.

The Insurance Center of North Jersey urges you to plan ahead can keep your children and home safe this Halloween.