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Halloween safety tips from State Fire Marshal

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State Fire Marshal Coan offers fire safety tips for celebrating Halloween including using battery-operated candles and flashlights for a safer Halloween:


  • Children should carry a flashlight and their costumes should be bright-colored or have reflective tape to highlight them.
  • Be sure all parts of the costume are labeled flame retardant.
  • Costumes should not have trailing material or tails long enough to cause falls.
  • Pointed objects such as swords and devils' forks should be made of soft material.
  • If your child wears a mask instead of make-up on their face, double check that the eye holes are large enough to see through clearly.
  • Children should wear sturdy shoes and temperature appropriate clothing underneath their costumes.


  • Use a small flashlight or battery-operated candle in pumpkins instead of an open-flame candle.
  • Keep dried leaves and cornstalks away from all flames and heat sources.
  • Only use flame-proof crepe paper.

Checking Treats and Welcoming Trick-or-Treaters

  • Make sure your own home is well-lit and that there is a clear path to your door. Bicycles and lawn furniture can trip youngsters in the dark.
  • Throw out anything that appears tampered with, home-made foods or home-packaged foods unless you are certain of the source.
  • Inspect fruit closely and take away treats that may not be age appropriate. Young children may choke on things like hard candy or peanuts.

Discuss Safety Rules with Trick-or-Treaters

  • Smaller children should always be with an adult. It's best to take little ones out early. If older children are going out without you, go over the ground rules first!
  • Know what neighborhoods they will be in.
  • Don't allow them in areas with which you are not completely comfortable.
  • Have the children stay in a group.
  • Let them know what time to be home.
  • Give them a cell phone to use if necessary.
  • Use sidewalks.
  • Cross only at the corners, never dart out between parked cars.
  • Cover one side of the street at a time, no criss-crossing.
  • Never go inside someone's home unless it is a friend's.
  • Never accept a ride in a car.
  • Only approach houses where the outside lights are on as a signal of welcome.
  • Bring their bags home to be checked by an adult before eating a single treat.

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