With so many fun tricks and treats happening around Manhattan during the month of October, taking simple fire safety precautions is important when keeping your goblins and ghouls safe this Halloween season! Unfortunately, traditional Halloween symbols and activities can present lurking fire risks that have the potential to become truly scary. But by planning ahead, you can help make this Halloween a fire-safe one by making these simple switches and being aware of a potential fire risk!
• It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candles in a jack-o-lantern. If you use a flame candle, use extreme caution and keep them well attended at all times.
• Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper catch fire easily. Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters.
• Make sure all smoke alarms in the home are working.
• When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long fireplace matches or a long-nozzled 15 candle 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 and such high-traffic areas as doorsteps, walkways and yards.
• Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
• Tell children to stay away from open flames. 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 faces with their hands, and rolling over and over.)
• Use flashlights or other battery-operated lights as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating walkways and yards. They are much safer for trick-or-treaters, whose costumes may brush against the lighting.
• When attending a Halloween party, look for ways out of the home/venue and plan how you would get out in an emergency.
• If you have a Halloween party, check for cigarettes under furniture cushions and in areas where people might have smoked, before you go to bed.
We hope you enjoy a safe & fun Halloween!