Fall/Winter Safety


Costume Safety Tips

  • Costumes should be flame retardant.  If creating your own costume, choose material that will not easily ignite.
  • Always keep your costume away from any type of open flame.  A flame retardant costume does not mean that is it fire proof.
  • All props should be material that is flexible.  Children should never carry sharp objects or carry flaming devices.
  • If wearing face paint, paint should be non-toxic.
  • If a mask is worn, make sure it fits securely and that you have a full range of vision.  Also make sure that the mouth and nose openings are large enough to ensure adequate breathing.
  • Children should carry a flashlight or a glow-stick to make sure they can be seen by drivers.

 Trick or Treating Safety Tips

  • Children should always travel in groups.
  • An adult should accompany children under 12 years of age.
  • Stay near home or in a familiar neighborhood.
  • Always use the sidewalk.
  • When crossing the street look both ways.
  • Do not go inside anyone’s home or into a stranger’s car.
  • Have an adult examine candy before eating it and get rid of any candies that are not sealed.
  • Do not eat any treats that are not purchased from a store.

Safety Tips for Parents

  • Instruct your children to stay away from open flames or other heat sources.
  • Be sure your children know how to stop, drop, and roll in the event their clothing catches fire.
  • Plan a route for your child to use and set an early return time if not accompanying your child.
  • Instruct children who are attending Halloween parties to locate the exits.
  • Do not let your children carve a pumpkin unsupervised.

Safety Tips for Your Home

  • Use flashlights as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating your walkways and yards as they are much safer for trick-or-treaters.
  • Keep your decorations away from all open flames and heat sources such as light bulbs and heaters.
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations to ensure a safe escape route in the event of a fire.
  • Use flashlights or battery-operated candles to illuminate Jack-o-Lanterns.  Be extremely cautious if using candles for Jack-o-Lantern.  Extinguish them before leaving them unattended and before going to sleep.

Fire Extinguishers

Safety tips

  • Use a portable fire extinguisher when the fire is confined to a small area, such as a wastebasket, and is not growing; everyone has exited the building; the fire department has been called or is being called; and the room is not filled with smoke.
  • For the home, select a multi-purpose extinguisher (can be used on all types of home fires) that is large enough to put out a small fire, but not so heavy as to be difficult to handle.
  • Choose a fire extinguisher that carries the label of an independent testing laboratory.
  • Read the instructions that come with the fire extinguisher and become familiar with its parts and operation before a fire breaks out. Local fire departments or fire equipment distributors often offer hands-on fire extinguisher trainings.
  • Install fire extinguishers close to an exit and keep your back to a clear exit when you use the device so you can make an easy escape if the fire cannot be controlled. If the room fills with smoke, leave immediately. 
  • Know when to go. Fire extinguishers are one element of a fire response plan, but the primary element is safe escape. Every household should have a home fire escape plan and working smoke alarms.

To operate a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS:

  • Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you, and release the locking mechanism.
  • Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
  • Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side

Portable Fire Extinguishers and Children

  • NFPA believes that children should not be trained how to operate portable fire extinguishers. Teaching children to use portable fire extinguishers runs counter to NFPA messaging to get out and stay out if there is a fire. Furthermore, children may not have the maturity to operate a portable fire extinguisher properly or decide whether or not a fire is small enough to be put out by the extinguisher. They may not have the physical ability to handle the extinguisher or dexterity to perform the complex actions required to put out a fire. In the process of extinguishing flames, children may not know how to respond if the fire spreads. NFPA continues to believe that only adults who know how to operate portable fire extinguishers should use them.

Fall/Winter Safety Tips