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Tue, October 29, 2013

Halloween Fire Safety Advice

My previous blog had some basic safety tips for staying safe during Halloween activities.  This blog deals specifically with fire safety tips for Halloween.

The following tips are coutesy of the Cedar Rapids Fire Department.

*  Choose costumes made of flame-resistant fabrics.  Avoid costumes with flimsy materials such as baggy sleeves, large capes or billowing skirts to reduce the risk of coming into contact with candles and other fire sources.  Make sure that the eye holes of masks are large enough so that children can see out.
*  Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable.  Keep these decorations well away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.  Keep exits clear of decorations so that nothing blocks a home escape route.
*  Provide children with flashlights so that they can see and be seen.  Flashlights or glow sticks will provide greater visibility during dusk and darkness.
*  It is safest to use a flashlight or a battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern.  If you use a real candle, use extreme caution.  Children should be supervised at all times when candles are lit.  Be sure to place lit pumpkins a safe distance away from anything that can burn and far enough out of the way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and decorations.
*  Use flashlights as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating walkways and yards.  Trick-or-treaters’ costumes may brush against the lighting.
*  Tell children to stay away from open flames.  Be sure that they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches on fire.

The Fire Department also reminds motorists to be aware of children darting out between parked automobiles.  Please use caution when entering and exiting driveways.  During twilight and evening hours, be mindful of children in dark costumes.

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