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Beware!! Trick or Treat Halloween Safety Tips

Did you know that Halloween is the most dangerous time of year for pedestrians under the age of 18? Additionally, things like jack-o-lanterns, electrical decorations, flowing costumes, and dry hay and cornstalks all pose a dangerous fire hazard. Simple fire safety precautions, like
making sure fabrics for costumes and decorative materials are
flame-resistant, can prevent fires.

According to the three year U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) study on Halloween fires, during the three days around Halloween, there were 15,500 fires causing $92 million in property loss, 45 deaths and 175 injuries. Their research also shows that open flame fires increase by 50 percent during these three days due to the increased use of candles!

Halloween Fire Safety Tips

Here are some tips from the U.S. Fire Administration to help make sure this Halloween is a fire-safe one:

  • If you buy a costume, make sure it is labeled fire-retardant or fire-resistant.Avoid fabrics such as PVC/petroleum-based fabrics, nylon, vinyl, or any of the plasticky stuff. If you can’t go without these materials, wear a full layer of cotton underneath it so that if it burns and melts, it will stick to the cotton and not your skin.
  • Make sure your costume isn’t so flowy and billowy that it will catch fire from a flame 5 feet away. Down have trailing costumes either, as this could cause a tripping hazard (and fire hazard too).
  • Avoid open-flae candles in your jack-o-lanterns and opt for safe, flameless candles instead. They make flameless candles that change colors for some added spookiness..
  • While trick-or-treating, wear reflectors and carry a flashlight and glow sticks for easy visibility. Never carry candles while trick-or-treating.
  • Tell kids to let you know right away if they see other kids playing with matches or lighters. Unfortunately, arson is a serious concern around Halloween, especially the night before, which some people celebrate with pranks and vandalism.
  • Candles are one of the leading causes of home fires. If you insist on using real candles this Halloween, never leave them unattended! We highly advise against using candles in your jack-o-lanterns, especially if they are outside your home. Some trick-or-treaters won’t be heeding our advice and will be wearing billowy costumes and flammable materials.
  • Use only decorative lights tested for safety by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, such as UL, Intertek, or CSA.
  • Check outdoor outlets for working GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) protection.
  • Inspect lights, decorations, and extension cords for frayed and exposed wiring, and loose connections.
  • Avoid using hay, dry flowers, and other harvest decorations. They are so dry and flammable, that even a light bulb could set them aflame.

Halloween Costume and Pedestrian Safety


Source: Children’s Safety Network

BONUS SECURITY TIP: do not post on social media your trick-or-treating plans. You could be risking a break-in if your absence from home is public knowledge.

For a great vintage Halloween Safety video, watch this PSA video from 1977:

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Universal Home Experts wishes everyone a safe and happy Halloween!

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