Using flashlights instead of candles or
torch lights to decorate walkways and yards is
highly effective in creating a festive
atmosphere and much safer for trick-or-treaters.
planning party decorations, bear in mind
that dried flowers and cornstalks
highly flammable. Keep crepe paper
and other decorations well away from all
heat sources, including light bulbs,
heaters, etc. Decorating with
candles should be avoided. Pumpkins
can safely be illuminated with small,
inexpensive flashlights. When
decorating, remember to keep all exits
Halloween can be a fun celebration, but children should be closely
supervised and their costumes made with fire safety in mind.
Parents should purchase only those costumes, wigs and props labeled as
flame resistant or retardant. When creating a costume, plan
carefully to ensure that it won't easily ignite if it comes in contact
with heat or flame. Costumes should be made without billowing or
long trailing features that present a higher risk of ignition.
Avoid highly flammable fabrics and accessories.
Provide children with lightweight flashlights to carry for lighting or
as part of their costume instead of candles.
Instruct children to
stay away from open flames or other heat sources. Be
sure each child knows the
in the event their clothing catches fire.
immediately, drop to the ground covering your face with
your hands and roll over and over to extinguish the
special events, most often involving candles, account for
an annual average of 800 home fires, causing nearly $4
million in direct property damage, according to NFPA.
Additionally, in the United States, more than 100 people
die each year as a result of their clothing igniting.