Halloween is a fun and spooky time of year for kids, and the Garland Fire Department wants parents to keep the holiday safe for their little monsters.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, decorations are the first thing to ignite in 900 reported home fires each year; two of every five of these fires were started by a candle. Follow these fire safety tips to prevent injuries:
Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper catch fire easily. Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources such as light bulbs and heaters.
Tell children to stay away from open flames including jack-o-lanterns with candles in them. 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 face with hands, and rolling over and over to put the flames out.)
Use a battery-operated candle or glow stick in jack-o-lanterns. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit. When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long, fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter. Place lit pumpkins away from anything that can burn and far enough out of the way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards.
Make sure all smoke alarms in the home are working.
Below are some important trick-or-treating safety tips:
When choosing a costume, stay away from long, trailing fabric. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see out.
Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume.
Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
If your children are going to Halloween parties at others’ homes, have them look for ways out of the home and plan how they would get out in an emergency.
Follow a few simple tips and your family will be ready for a safe Halloween! For more fire safety information, visit NFPA.org/education.