- Purchase Halloween costumes that are flame resistant. Avoid costumes with long trailing pieces that may easily ignite. When constructing a costume for children, always keep fire safety in mind.
- Children should not carry candles as a light source or as part of a costume. Rather, provide your child with a flashlight that can safely light the way.
- Educate children to stay clear of open flames and other heat sources. Ensure that children know how to perform stop, drop and roll should their clothes catch on fire. (If your clothes catch on fire: stop immediately, drop to the ground, and roll over and over to extinguish the flames).
- Avoid decorating with candles or torchlights.
- Ensure that combustible Halloween decorations such as crepe paper, cornstalks and dried flowers are kept well away from sources of heat. Keep all exits clear of decorating materials.
- Purchase and install working smoke alarms, and practice home escape plans. Ensure that all children in your home know the location of the exits, should an emergency situation arise.
- Celebrate wisely this Halloween. Teach children that fireworks are not toys and that if they find fireworks, they should tell an adult. It is unsafe for children to pick up fireworks and bring them to an adult.
- The use of fireworks by untrained individuals may result in unnecessary injuries. Safely enjoy fireworks displays put on by trained individuals.
Last updated: 20/10/2016 1:58:41 PM