Halloween is around the corner and I’m sure you’ve seen jack-o-lanterns hanging around gardens and yards all over the city. It is the time of the year for scary costumes, festive decorations and hidden fire hazards.

Yup, that’s right. Halloween poses a lot of fire hazards not only for homes but also for the kids searching for treats. Every year, homeowners love to decorate their homes and front porches with lighted jack-o-lanterns, cobwebs, paper ghosts, bluehost hay bales, dried cornstalks and candles. These decorations, aside from kids excitedly running door to door to trick-or-treat, are the hallmarks that make Halloween extra special. But people often forget the fire risk brought by these festive decorations.

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Enjoy a safe Halloween by following these fire safety tips.

  1. Choose costumes that don’t have billowing or long-trailing fabrics. Stay away from materials that easily ignite when it comes into contact with heat or flame.
  1. Provide kids with flashlight or glow sticks they can carry around for Trick or Treat. It’s very easy to trip in the dark or lose their way without proper lighting. If your kid is wearing a mask as part of the costume, make sure the eye holes are big so he or she can see clearly through the mask.
  1. Keep flammable decorations away from heat sources. Materials like plastic, dried flowers, cornstalks, thin fabric and crepe paper are highly flammable. If you can choose decorations without these flammable materials, much better. But if they’re necessary for your decor, keep them away from candles and other source of heat or fire.
  1. Halloween is not Halloween without jack-o-lanterns. Traditional jack-o-lanterns usually involves carving pumpkins and putting a candle inside. To avoid a fire disaster, you can buy battery-operated jack-o-lanterns instead. They come in different sizes and colors, without the fire risk brought by traditional jack-o-lanterns.
  1. Use flashlights or glow sticks instead of actual candles and torchlights when lighting your pathway or your yard. These are much safer especially when kids’ costumes brush up against these lightings when they’re walking up to your house.
  1. Keep exits open. Make sure they are not blocked by decorations and the pathway is well-lit. Escape routes should always be open in cases of emergencies.
  1. Remove your decorations after the event. There’s no point in keeping it up there after Halloween, it will just be a sitting fire hazard if left there.

You don’t have to spoil your Halloween celebration just because you are afraid you’ll catch fire. Just remember these tips when decorating and you’re sure to have a fun and safe Halloween.

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