Consumer Tips

Halloween Fire Safety Tips

Help keep your home and children safe this trick-or-treating season. Have a fun and hazard-free holiday with these tips.


Candy Safety 
The safest option is to use battery-operated LED lights or glow sticks. However, if you use real candles:

  • Keep candles at least 1 foot away from anything flammable, including decorations, curtains, and Halloween costumes.
  • Make sure candles and pumpkins with candles, as well as matches and lighters, are out of reach for children and pets.
  • Use long-stem matches or a utility lighter to light candles inside carved pumpkins.
  • Never leave unattended candles near decorations.

Decorating Safety 

  • Keep all exits and pathways clear of decorations, and remove obstacles from your lawn, steps, or porch so trick-or-treaters can get to your door safely and easily.
  • Set up decorations far away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and space heaters.
  • Opt for battery-operated or electric decorations instead of candles to light up your yard and windows.
  • Never overload extension cords.
  • Make sure your fire extinguisher is accessible and working.

Costume Safety 
When shopping for costumes, look for:

  • Costumes that don’t have billowing fabric or pieces that trail behind your child, such as capes. Costumes should fit properly and not be too loose or baggy.
  • Flame-resistant fabrics and accessories such as those made from polyester or nylon.

Before you venture out trick-or-treating, teach your children to steer clear of candles and to “stop, drop, and roll” in the rare event a costume catches fire.

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