Every year Halloween brings out excited children dressed in costumes running door to door to trick-or-treat as well as adults who dress up and head out to parties or make their own rounds through the neighborhood to acquire a sack full of candy. Homes inside and out are adorned with festive decorations, glowing jack-o-lanterns, and paper ghosts. Dried cornstalks bedeck front porches and walkways.
Unfortunately, these Halloween traditions can also present fire risks that have the potential to become dangerous. But by planning ahead, you can help make this Halloween a safe one. The Halloween Safety page on the NFPA website is the gateway to a library of simple precautions, safety tips, videos, and educational materials for trick-or-treaters of all ages.
The Halloween Safety tip sheet includes fire safety precautions, such as making sure fabrics for costumes and decorative materials are flame-resistant.
The Candle Safety tip sheet includes the precaution to consider using flameless candles, which look and smell like real candles.
The Halloween Safety Tips for Children video offers a number of tips for preventing fires.
All of these tools can help to keep the holiday both safe and fun.